With a number of maintenance issues at the Yazoo City Community Complex, the local Boys and Girls Club are making do the best they can with the aging facility.
The former school building has housed the local group for the past several years. However, with roof leaks and other structural concerns, the club is limited to what space it can use to carry out its mission.
David Dallas, chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Delta, asked for assistance during Monday’s city council meeting.
“We are very fortunate to be housed in Yazoo City and at the Yazoo City Community Complex,” Dallas said. “But there are significant repairs needed to the building. We have a dangerous situation.”
Dallas said there are concerns with several lighting fixtures that hang in the complex’s hallways. There are also several leak issues.
“As the rain keeps coming, the roof is starting to cave in around the kids,” he said. “The roof is bad. The kids can no longer use the gym anymore.”
Dallas said recreational activities that were normally held in the gym have been moved to smaller classrooms.
“We are very grateful for the city to be there,” Dallas said.
But Dallas asked the city council to consider assisting with the much-needed repairs.
The local club served over 200 children last year.
The facility is owned by the Yazoo City Municipal School District. But the city has provided funding for a number of repairs and projects in the past.
“We cherish the fact that the Boys and Girls Club is here in Yazoo City,” Robertson said. “We will certainly look into this issue.”