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Star Prairie asked to donate to youth center

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New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

In hopes of raising money for a new youth center in New Richmond, Shannon Hagman approached Village of Star Prairie Board members on Sept. 9 to ask for a contribution.

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Hagman plans to open "Landzkape," a 6,000-square-foot youth center dedicated to area kids from elementary to high school.

"What do you think kids around here do for fun?" Hagman asked village board members at the regular meeting last Wednesday.

The only answer? Computers.

"Usually they're unmonitored," Hagman said. "And unsupervised situations lead to questionable behavior."

The new youth center, which is planned for 240 Wisconsin Drive, would provide an education center with computers, video and arcade games, pool tables, stage, DJ equipment for dance and club nights, craft corner and mini golf.

"While the facility will be in New Richmond, we estimate that 50-52 percent of users will be non-residents," she told the village board at its regular meeting on Sept. 9.

Kids are required to buy a membership to join the youth center, she said. That fee is still being worked out but would be comparable to The New Richmond Area Centre's fee, which is $15 per month.

Hagman said she is working with The Centre to provide a joint membership for youth center members. That means kids with youth center memberships would be allowed to participate in certain fitness programs at The Centre, she said.

Plans are to open the center seven days a week. During the school year, hours will be Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until curfew (10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday); Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Summer hours are still being worked out, she said.

Tim Scott, the village's attorney, said he served on a committee several years ago that tried to organize a similar youth center.

"There is a need," he said. "It's disturbing to hear what some of these kids do for fun. One high school sophomore told us, 'Just give us a parking lot that says loitering allowed.'"

Hagman said she hopes to fund the youth center through both memberships and grants, donations and fundraisers.

The City of New Richmond has promised to match any contributions by area villages and towns, Hagman said.

Village board members did not vote on the matter on Sept. 9, but said a contribution would be considered and discussed in the coming weeks when the board sets its budget.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a certified map of the extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction.

• Approved an operator's license for Michele Mueller and Tera Holmes for Friendly Bar.

• Approved Trustee Andrew Marrier's request to attend the 2009 League of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference on Oct. 14-16.

• Set a Sept. 30 special meeting date to discuss the 2010 budget.

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