Revitalization of Youngsville (ROY) is looking for place with the borough government.
At its meeting Monday, Youngsville Borough Council discussed a request by ROY to merge with the municipality as a borough committee.
While no one from ROY was present at the meeting to discuss the possibility with council, Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg brought the request forward under new business.
Hagberg reported to council that ROY's 501(c)3 non-profit status is set to expire in June.
Roy does not have its own 501(c)3 set up; it is currently operating under the auspices of the Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) which is a registered 501(c)3.
If ROY were to merge with the borough as a committee, according to Hagberg, it would mean setting up a separate, restricted account for revitalization which would absorb ROY's current accounts.
The move would also make ROY's financial decisions and many of its activities subject to approval by borough council.
Hagberg expressed concern over what absorbing the organization would do in regards to donations. She reported that she is unsure if donations currently being made to ROY would be tax-deductible if made to the borough instead, but said she is looking into the matter.
Council member Steve Morris raised concerns over the additional work for borough staff managing another, separate account. Morris pointed to late summer, when ROY's largest fundraising and activities occur, as of special concern.
Both council members and Borough Solicitor Timothy Bevevino questioned why the organization doesn't opt to file for its own non-profit status, something Bevevino said is a relatively simple process. Hagberg said she didn't think the group had any desire to file for non-profit status.
Council member Erik Leamon expressed concerns about the added complications of managing ROY as a borough committee.
"I like the oversight," he said, "but I'm not sure about joining with them."
Bevevino noted his concerns on the matter related to possible complications and borough responsibility for ROY activities.
"There's a lot of things that can come up," he cautioned.
Morris suggested that, before any decision is made by council, members should meet with the individuals involved with ROY.
Hagberg said she was meeting with ROY members on Tuesday and agreed to attempt to set up a meeting between members of council and ROY.
No action was taken on the issue at the meeting.