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March 18, 2013

Stillwater councilors approve employee fitness center equipment purchase

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater will provide a fitness center for employees and spouses enrolled in the city’s health-insurance plan as part of a wellness program.

City councilors decided 4-1 Monday night to spend $59,688 to equip the fitness center. Councilor Joe Weaver cast the dissenting vote.

PR Fitness Equipment of Edmond is the only full-service fitness equipment provider in Oklahoma. When the fitness center issue arose in February, city staff recommended purchasing the equipment from PR Fitness.

The company would provide maintenance and training on the equipment for three years, interim Human Resources manager Christy Luper said.

The fitness center is just part of a healthier lifestyle program.

City councilors let a motion to purchase the fitness center equipment die without a second on Feb. 4. Councilors asked Luper to seek proposals from Stillwater fitness centers.

Luper reported Monday three fitness centers had submitted proposals. None of them were open 24 hours/seven days a week, she said.

Stillwater has 875 eligible employees and spouses. Based on the assumption that 25 percent of those eligible would use the facility, Luper said a city-operated fitness center would cost $7.57 per member each month. The least expensive fitness center option would cost $31.42 per member each month.

The city’s fitness center will be housed in an existing city facility, which isn’t being used. It will cost $24,000 to renovate the building, Luper said. The building would have to be renovated whether it is used for a fitness center or something else.

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