The Ferndale City Council on Nov. 13 approved a 10-resident task force to make recommendations to the city regarding the future of the Kulick Community Center.

The Ferndale City Council on Nov. 13 approved a 10-resident task force to make recommendations to the city regarding the future of the Kulick Community Center.

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Ferndale approves committee to study Kulick Community Center’s future

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 26, 2018

FERNDALE — The Gerry Kulick Community Center, open for close to a century, is due for an upgrade, according to the city.

At the Nov. 13 Ferndale City Council meeting, the council approved a 10-person task force of residents to make recommendations to the city on upgrades for the community center, whether that would involve renovations or a completely new building.

“We’ve been talking for multiple budget years about the Kulick Center’s over 90 years old and it’s starting to see better days,” City Manager April Lynch said. “As we start taking a look at some of the major repairs, such as a new boiler, roof, windows, etc., we felt it was time to really take a look at the longevity of that building, but also, just in general, what we call the envelope of our facilities as it relates to recreation.”

Lynch said the council offered up the idea of a blue ribbon committee of residents to help create recommendations to the City Council of what needs to be done to the community center, and ideas of how to fund it.

Each of the five council members made two recommendations to the city, which resulted in the 10 people chosen to be on the committee.

Mayor Pro Tem Greg Pawlica said the task force is a good way to proceed with this project.

“I think this is a great subset of residents. I think it represents our community very well,” he said.

Mayor Dave Coulter echoed what Pawlica and Lynch said, and said that what the community needs to understand is that the Kulick Center is 90 years old and in need of repair.

“We have to do something,” he said. “It is time as a community for us to make a collective decision about what we want to do, about Kulick or something else. Like we often do in Ferndale, we’re going to bring folks together, and we’re going to study it, and we’re going to look at our options and try to make thoughtful decisions.”

When asked by Coulter when the committee might get back to the council with its findings, Lynch said the first meeting in March could be a possibility.

“We’re hoping to have something in February,” she said. “We really want to know by the time we walk into budget (season) what we’re looking at. So the goal would be by the time we do (the) budget in March, at the latest.”