Solutions to keep the Florence gymnasium operating were the focus of discussion Thursday at a Florence Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Bob Gayle said a group of volunteers is interested in donating labor and raising funds to repair immediate problems with the building, such as flooring and flashing around the roof, and provide ongoing maintenance. They would also prepare rules and set rental fees.
Recruiting businesses or small manufacturers to rent the gymnasium’s basement could provide money for operational expenses, Gayle said.
He has had conversations with individuals from different organizations that might be interested in paying fees to use the building, especially the gym area. Rental revenue would go toward ongoing maintenance, repairs, and utilities.
The chamber will seek public input through a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the ambulance room at the city building.