HERC

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As the Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force contemplates what to do with the HERC building, some are expressing interest in occupying the space.

But the panel has several questions to answer before it makes its recommendations on what to do with the building to the Homer City Council this fall.

Fireweed Academy Principal Todd Hindman, told the HERC task force Tuesday that he’s interested in consolidating both of Fireweed’s current locations into one campus, which he said could be the HERC.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer’s skateboarders can now ride in style. That’s because members of the Homer Elks Lodge and a handful of volunteers spent hours Saturday refurbishing the Homer Education and Recreation Complex’s skate park.

Elks Lodge member Dylan Weiser said the park needed some attention

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The Homer City Council expanded the Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force Monday to include a member of the Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission.

Several Homer residents took issue with the original list of seven members when Mayor Bryan Zak appointed them to the task force in May. Residents argued that a member from the advisory commission should be assigned to the task force because of the group’s past experience with the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC.

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The Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force met for the first time Tuesday. The seven-member group’s main order of business was to set the scope of its work. The city has been trying to decide what to do with the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC, for years.

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The Homer City Council appointed seven members to the Homer Education and Recreation Complex task force Monday, but it did not include a member of the Park, Arts, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission.  The task force will evaluate the cost of bringing the building up to code among other questions.  

Multiple members of the public have advocated to include a member of the advisory commission on the task force because of the commission’s previous work with the building.

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It’s still undecided who will be on the Homer Education and Recreation Complex task force. The Homer City Council decided to form the task force last month in order to evaluate how much it will cost to bring the HERC up to code and whether the city should lease or sell the building among other questions.

Mayor Bryan Zak recommended appointing seven people to the task force Monday, including five Homer residents and two non-residents.

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The Homer City Council is poised to create a task force to explore the cost of updating the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, or the HERC, for future use. But it postponed its decision on the matter Monday.

The HERC was previously evaluated as a potential site for a new police station, but that idea was scraped over concerns about hazardous material in the building. The gym is currently the only portion of the HERC the community uses.