Westside Center stays open; RFP negotiations continue with church

       The Westside Communi-ty Center was staying open with minimal city staff this week as contract negotiations continued between City Parks and the community action arm of Woodmen Valley Chapel, the center's likely future operator.
       Anticipating that a deal might be finalized by Monday, April 12, Dick Siever of Woodmen said he is tentatively on City Council's agenda that day to talk about plans to expand the center in a a community outreach direction. But if not, he said it will be pulled from the agenda. “There's no reason for me to go up there and say what we're going to do if we don't have a signed contract,” he said.
       As for the church proposal, “it's still going through the process,” he said. “I don't think there's any issue holding it up.”
       Woodmen Valley Chapel reached this point after it was the only applicant to a city request for proposals (RFP) seeking private entities to take over one or more of the city-owned community centers. If the RFP plan had been exactly followed, the city would have handed off the Westside operation by April 1.

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