Rep. Scribner Secures a Half Million Dollar Bond for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut

Rep. Scribner Secures a Half Million Dollar Bond for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut

HARTFORD—State Representative David A. Scribner (R-107) applauds the State Bond Commission for honoring his request to slate a $500,000 bond for the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut – an invaluable community service organization in Danbury.

Rep. Scribner requested the General Operating Bond to help pay for an enclosure around their Green Knoll pool facility. This project greatly expands and enhances use of the pool to be year-round, and will vastly increase opportunities for all members of the region to take advantage of cost efficient exercise. Rep Scribner co-sponsored the legislation that created the source of funding, which was authorized by the legislature specific to Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA organizations throughout the state.

The YMCA responsibly financed the construction of the pool through private donations, but was lacking the funding necessary to complete the protective structure. Because this is a regional facility, the enclosed pool will be used for competitive, in addition to recreational, swimming for swim teams who do not have a pool on premises.

“The Regional YMCA of Western CT provides our community with a family-friendly, low cost exercise infrastructure that makes health living easy.” Rep. Scribner said. “The new pool enclosure that will be made possible through this bond, will allow members to get months more use out of the pool and maintain a healthy exercise routine. This is a collaborative contribution that is an investment in the healthy future of thousands of residents throughout our region.”

“The Regional Y is pleased to work with Representative David Scribner and the State of CT to secure this tremendous bond allocation.” Said Marie B. Miszewski, President and CEO of the Regional YMCA of Western CT. “As we move forward with expanding the Y to meet the growing needs of our community, enclosing the outdoor pool is a major priority. This pool enclosure will be an enormous asset as we work to offer year round programs in the Greenknoll pool, expand on our water fitness activities for all ages, expand our important water safety initiatives, and provide additional access to area swim teams and summer campers. We thank Rep. Scribner for his partnership in fulfilling the mission of the Y which includes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.”

Rep. Scribner added, “The Regional YMCA is one of our community’s greatest resources for combating preventative health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, through exercise. The pool enclosure will help our children, families and seniors take advantage of aquatic athletics all year round, and provides the needed opportunity to stay consistently healthy.” Rep. Scribner recently served on the Board of Directors of the Regional YMCA for six years, including their Executive Board of Directors, as well as their Board Development and Endowment Committees.

Writing dozens of letters of support over the course of his years-long advocacy, Rep. Scribner has acted as the single strongest legislative proponent for the Regional YMCA of Western CT. He has toured the facility many times and has worked closely with the President, Marie Miszewski, to help secure funding and increase awareness. As a leader on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, Rep. Scribner serves as an ex-officio member of the State Bond Commission, as well as member of the General Bonding Sub-Committee, and the Public Health Committee, where he has been a strong advocate for promoting healthy living, particularly in our youth.

The entire Greater Danbury Delegation, led by Rep. Scribner, have pledged their bi-partisan support for the approval of this bond, including Reps. Dan Carter, John Frey, Janice Giegler, Bob Godfrey, DebraLee Hovey, Christopher Lyddy, Richard Smith and Joseph Taborsak.

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut originated in the 1800’s, and promotes youth development, health living and social responsibility through the development of mind, body and spirit. The organization is the 3rd largest YMCA in the state, and provides service to 22 area towns: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren, and Washington.

The State Bond Commission agenda states that the bond is slated to be passed at their next meeting on June 4 at 10:30am in room 1E of the Legislative Office Building. Although the agenda is subject to change, traditionally all items appearing on the agenda will be passed. The function of the Bond Commission is to determine whether it is in the state’s best interest to approve project funding requests and approve the amount and timing of bond sales as requested by the State Treasurer. To view the full Bond Commission agenda, click here.

Rep. Scribner represents the communities of Bethel and Brookfield

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