CREVE COEUR — The village is confident the area's community center should see more programming and events now that it is the owner and subsidizer of the building.
The volunteer-based Community Council used to finance the community center through rent and program profits. But in 2015, it was unable to afford the building's upkeep and bills after a drop in rentals and volunteers. In late 2015 through an agreement with the council, the village became responsible for the water, garbage and insurance costs while the council maintained everything else. Starting this month, though, the village took over ownership and all the financial burden of the building while it and the council come up with programming.
"We're just trying to bring back some of those community events (that we used to do)," said Village Clerk Kimberly Peak. "That's what makes a village a community is when you have some of those things that people can get together and bond over and take more ownership of the town they live in so that it makes it a better place to live."
Right now, the only events that are definite are the center's annual Senior Thanksgiving and Breakfast with Santa.
Peak is sure programs will be developed for people of all ages, but the Village Board tends to focus a lot on youth and seniors. There are a large amount of the latter in Creve Coeur, she said, and the kids in the community often do not have much to do outside of school.
One idea being considered is computer lessons for both youth and seniors. Another is a day program for seniors where they can come in, have coffee and doughnuts, and play cards. Also, the board and the council both hope to bring back former events like the annual Halloween party, its Easter egg hunt, and once-a-month Saturday breakfasts, which were an important part of the center's income.
"We'd love to get more (council) members and more volunteers," council treasurer Amber Pilkington said. "Everybody says, 'How come you don't do this anymore? How come you don't do that anymore?' Well, five people can't do all of that."
To volunteer or become a member, call Pilkington at 699-6114.