Council to hear gym plea



Mark Twain Elementary School wants a new gym, and will ask Angels Camp City Council members for help.

District Superintendent Richard Brewer will make a presentation at tomorrow's council meeting. The gym that school officials want to build could contain three basketball and two volleyball courts along with bleacher and floor seating for several hundred people.

Brewer is requesting $40,000 to $50,000 from Angels Camp, because the city has $220,000 coming its way via Proposition 40.

Money from that state fund can be used toward recreational facilities for families and children.

If the city contributes money for the gym, its doors would be open to the public a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least 20 years, Brewer said.

"This would benefit the community by providing an indoor facility specifically dedicated for public use," Brewer wrote in a letter to Angels Camp City Administrator Tim Shearer.

The district is receiving proposals from architectural firms for a gym no bigger than 10,000 square feet, with a snack bar and bathrooms for public use, but no locker rooms or showers.

Brewer said council members must act fast because the district has to send its application to the state by the end of the month. The district is seeking $150,000 to $200,000 in contributions from different entities in order to qualify for $1.5 million in state joint-use funding for the new gym.

In addition to the gym proposal, City Council members will discuss funding a "Safe Route to Schools" project for Mark Twain Elementary School, 646 Stanislaus Ave., Angels Camp.

The state's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency recently awarded Angels Camp $298,000 to build sidewalks on Stanislaus Avenue.

More than 420 applications were submitted by local agencies throughout the state, and Angels Camp was one of 84 to receive funding.

The city must make a 10 percent match, putting up $29,800.

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