NORTH CREEK The Tannery Pond Community Center could have a full-time, paid director by June if a plan announced at the Feb. 21 Johnsburg Town Board meeting comes to fruition.
Joel Beaudin, a member of the Tannery Pond Community Center Association, told Town Board members that the association is launching a search for a full-time director and has set a budget of $50,000 to fund the new position.
“We’ve received pledges of $30,000 toward that goal,” Beaudin said. “The campaign to raise the other $20,000 begins immediately. And I feel pretty strongly that we’ll be able to raise it.”
Ideally, Beaudin said, funding for the position for year two and beyond would come from increased revenues generated by additional events and increased attendance at the center.
The association would like the new director to start work by June 1 in advance of the center’s 10-year anniversary celebration on June 30.
Of the $30,000 already pledged, the Tannery Pond Community Center Association pledged $10,000, the North Creek Business Alliance pledged $10,000 and the railroad pledged $10,000, Beaudin said.
Town Board member Pete Olesheski asked if the association was seeking a financial contribution from the town to help fund the position.
“I haven’t even thought about that,” Beaudin said. “But if the town offered, we wouldn’t turn it down.”
Supervisor Ron Vanselow, who also sits on the Tannery Pond board, said a town contribution hadn’t been contemplated at this point in time.
The role of the new director will be to help the center reach its full potential, Beaudin said, by helping fill seats and book events for the center and assist the town in managing the facility.
With Tannery Pond positioned as the southern anchor of the North Creek business corridor, it’s important to help it succeed, Beaudin said. Tannery Pond can be a catalyst for activity throughout the hamlet and beyond, he added.