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City committee approves Boys & Girls club four-year lease

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Tim Coughlin, president and CEO of the Roswell and Ruidoso Boys & Girls Clubs, discusses a lease agreement Wednesday for the Roswell club with the city’s General Services Committee. The committee unanimously approved the agreement, which will go before the city council next month for final vote. Sitting next to Coughlin is city employee Tara Tave. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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The city’s General Services Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a four-year lease agreement with the Boys & Girls of Roswell beginning on Dec. 1.

The lease is for $1,000 month and can be renewed after four years. Either party can request to dissolve the lease agreement with 30 days written notice.

The city of Roswell owns the club’s building at 201 S. Garden Ave.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to provide after-school programs that help children develop essential skills and play in a safe environment.

The Roswell club has recently merged with the Ruidoso club, called the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, with Tim Coughlin overseeing both clubs as president and CEO.

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The General Services Committee is comprised of four City Council members, with Tabitha Denny as chair and Natasha Mackey as vice chair, along with Steve Henderson and Art Sandoval.

Elizabeth Gilbert, director of administrative services, serves as the staff coordinator.

The lease agreement will now come up for vote at the City Council’s next regular meeting on Nov. 8.

Coughlin said after the meeting he is optimistic that the city will approve the lease agreement. He said the proposed agreement for the Roswell club is similar to the agreement the Ruidoso club has with the village of Ruidoso. The difference is in Ruidoso the club pays an additional $1,000 a month to the village for utilities, where in Roswell the club will directly pay for its utilities.

The Roswell club is in need of several major repairs that include fixing significant roof damage. Coughlin said he has closed off the room underneath the most severely damaged section of the roof for the safety of the children.

“There are a lot of issues,” he said. “There’s been a lack of maintenance.”

The Roswell club has a defunct outdoor swimming pool that is partially filled in with dirt. Coughlin said he would like to completely fill in the pool and create a community garden.

Coughlin also said over time he would like to set up community centers at various locations in the city to provide after-school programs similar to those at the Garden Avenue location.

“My plans include spreading into Roswell instead of just one corner of it,” he said.

Coughlin told committee members he has just hired a front desk person, who also serves as a program aide, and plans to hire a resource development coordinator.

Coughlin said after the meeting there are 40 kids that attend the Roswell club, but he hopes to expand that number by hiring more staff.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have committed to support the Roswell/Ruidoso partnership with a $75,000 grant that requires a one-to-one match from the community.

The clubs can receive $75,000 in 2018 and another $30,000 in 2019, Coughlin told the committee.

Coughlin said other plans include creating a governing board that would function similar to a parent-teacher organization and help with fundraising.

He added that he plans to host a “grand reopening” that would present the Roswell club as centerpiece of the community.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.