After much discussion, the Fulton City Council agreed Tuesday to pursue a sponsorship deal with the Coca-Cola Company for the new recreation center.
To formalize the agreement, they’ll have to vote on a resolution at the next City Council meeting Oct. 27. City Clerk Courtney Crowson said she’ll have that resolution ready.
“It’s a no-brainer,” said Bob Washington, Ward 4 City Council member.
If Fulton agrees to sell only Coca-Cola beverages at its new recreation center (set to open next year), Tanglewood Golf Course and Oestreich Municipal Pool, Coca-Cola will provide free beverage coolers and sponsor the installation of retractable volleyball standards at the recreation center.
According to a memo from P&R Director Clay Caswell, the retractable standards — the poles that hold up a volleyball net — were part of the original building design but were removed to save money. Caswell said retractable standards reduce the time needed to set up or take down the two volleyball courts from 20 minutes to 2 minutes, making it easier to use the courts for other purposes.
“We’ve done a really good job, in my opinion, of cutting expenses,” Caswell told the council.
Barring major unexpected expenses, he said the rec center would likely come in at $300,000-$400,000 below its estimated $8.89 million budget.
The standards will cost $14,064 to purchase and install. Coca-Cola has offered to pay $14,000 upfront, plus $1,000 per year over the next four years. They’ll also provide Coca-Cola themed signage somewhere in the rec center. To fulfill the terms of the five-year