By a vote of 2-1, the Lucas County Commissioner voted to table the creation a "citizens' task force" to examine the budget and operations of the YMCA of Greater Toledo. Commissioner Ben Konop, who introduced the resolution, voted against tabling while commissioners Tina Skeldon-Wozniak and Pete Gerken voted to table.
The YMCA has been embroiled in controversy since it announced last month its intentions to close its south Toledo branch, claiming budgetary concerns. YMCA officials had planned to turn the building over to Cedar Creek Church. An outcry of neighborhood residents and community leaders forced the leadership of the YMCA to reconsider the decision and the south Toledo YMCA remains open.
Konop's proposal was closely modeled after a task force that was created to examine management and budget issues at the Toledo Zoo following the controversial dismissal of its head veternarian, Dr. Tim Reichard, and the subsequent resignations of its director, Bill Dennler.