Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commissioner Chambers 9:00 a.m. - January 29, 2013
January 29, 2013 Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #35

United Community Center Operations Agreement at Rubonia Community Center


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri R. Coryea, Director
Neighborhood Services Department
749-3029 or Ext. 3468

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution B-13-033, amending the annual Budget for Manatee County, Florida for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 and authorization for the Chairman to execute an Agreement with United Community Center, Inc. for the operation of drop in programs and special events services for youth and adults at the Rubonia Community Center in the amount of $35,000 for the time period of February 4, 2013 through June 14, 2013.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
11.1.4  Efficiency in Service Delivery

Background Discussion

The Rubonia Community Center is located in unincorporated Manatee County approximately 5 miles north of the cities of Palmetto and Bradenton on a 2.73 acre parcel.

The facility is owned by the Manatee County School Board and is operated by the Board of County Commissioners through an Inter local Agreement with the school district. 

Over the past 20 years, the Community Center has operated through various lease agreements between the County and a 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation, United Community Center Inc. (UCC). 

UCC currently owns and successfully operates the newly constructed Dream Center located at the Norma Lloyd Park in Bradenton.

Prior to temporary closure in August of 2012, the facilities at the Center included meeting space, free/reduced cost lunch programs, sports/recreational programs, before/after school programs, community library, softball/baseball fields, basketball courts, open space, and parking, through funds from the Children's Services dedicated Millage.

An Agreement with UCC is being presented at this time to provide drop in programs and special events services for persons of all ages at the Rubonia Community Center beginning February 4, 2013 through June 14, 2013.  

County staff had worked with the UCC administration, community leaders and citizens to review cost and formulate a budget that would allow the Center to run a pilot program designed to re-establish community participation and redefine the needs of the center for use.

Special services related to health/nutrition, literacy, technology, recreation and leadership will be provided based on a monthly schedule.  Special attention has been paid to allow for bilingual programming to positively impact the diverse neighborhood.

Continuing programs beyond this time period will be subject to County's evaluation/review of services provided in this Agreement as well as availability of funding.

Prior to the completion of the agreement staff will provide the BCC with a summary of the results of the program to determine effectiveness and future options.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Original Budget Resolution for Board Records, stamped approved agenda and copy of Resolution to Clerk's Office Internal Audit; Candi Cruz, Financial Management; and Cheri Coryea, Neighborhood Services Department.  One original Agreement for Board Records and one original for Cheri Coryea, Neighborhood Services Department, for distribution to agency.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Contingent upon renewal of Agreement

Attachment:  UCC Rubonia Agreement.pdf
Attachment:  B-13-033.pdf