Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 7, 2013
May 7, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #43

Rubonia Community Center Summer Program

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri Coryea, Director

Neighborhood Services Department

Action Requested

Report on options for summer programming for the Rubonia Community Center and consider authorization for $20,000 to conduct a summer program in Rubonia for all ages from June 17 through  August 2, 2013.


Enabling/Regulating Authority
11.1.4.  Efficiency in Service Delivery

Background Discussion
  • January 29, 2013, the Board executed a funding Agreement with United Community Center, Inc., for the operation of drop in programs and special event 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.
  • April 23, 2013, staff presented to the Board a status report on programs being offered at the Rubonia Community Center.
  • Staff was directed to bring back detailed information to include options for a summer program, continued funding of services beyond the summer, as well as funding sources.
  • Staff first met with the United Community Centers, Inc., (UCC) to review the options for programming. 
  • UCC staff indicate that they could  offer a summer based program that would serve elder adults from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., then provide youth related activitties from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.
  • The Summer Food Service Program would be offered from 11 a.m. untill 1 p.m. for youth ages 0 - 17.  This program provides a free lunch to children and is funded through the Department of Education.  From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the program would include arts and crafts.
  • Attendees need to be made aware that funding is limited and the Center program is a drop in program not a full day/day care program. 
  • The Elder morning program would continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and includes excercise class, technology instruction, diet habits and memory skills.
  • Busing is an expensive cost and takes children out of the neighborhood.  It would leave the Elders without a program. 
  • Staff recommends awarding funding for the $20,000 to begin the set up of programs to be offered at the Center.
  • Approximately 18-20 elders attend everyday and up to 20 youth.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Report only.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$ 20,000

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
General Reserve for Contingency