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Committee will decide Boys & Girls Club's future in Yakima

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YAKIMA--Will Yakima get a Boys and Girls Club?  That's up to a newly formed committee to decide.

KNDO told you Tuesday about a promotional meeting between Boys and Girls Club, the Yakima Police Department, and leaders of other youth organizations.

Now KNDO has learned a group will study the benefits--as well as the price--of opening a club in Yakima.

"If we can make this work and it's another successful outlet for young people to spend their time constructively, then we want to see that come," Lt. Mike Merryman, Yakima Police Department, said.

The committee will take a few months to investigate.  Boys and Girls Club regional leaders estimate would take around half a million dollars to open up a Boys and Girls Club, because communities need to have enough money for the first two or three years' operating budgets on hand.

Merryman added the club would probably operate in conjunction with other youth organizations like the Yakima Police Athletic League, OIC and the Southeast Community Center.

Even if the city decides to bring the club in, we probably wouldn't see it open for two or three years.