REMINDERVILLE -- Mario Molina will move from an elected position in the 3,800-person village to one of its employees, as the longtime Councilor takes the new position of director of operations.

The village is accepting letters of interest for Molina's open Council seat until 4 p.m. today (Feb. 15). The term vacated by Molina lasts until Dec. 31, 2019, and is subject to re-election.

"I'd like to thank Mayor Sam Alonso, whom I have known since 2001 when I was a trustee with the Aurora Shores Homeowners' Association," Molina said Feb. 8. "To see how far we've come in the village, I'm looking forward to working with all our departments as we move forward."

Molina, who served as a Village Councilor from 2001 to 2004 and again from 2011 to 2016, will take on some of the duties of former service director Sam Scaffide, who resigned the position in 2016 to "pursue other opportunities," Alonso said.

Molina's position also dwas esigned to replace Adam Apinis, former director of the new Reminderville Athletic Club, who resigned in January.

Molina will be responsible for operations at the $5.1 million Reminderville Athletic Club, maintaining the facility and "getting it to run as efficiently as possible." He also will be responsible for keeping the roads safely maintained and maintaining "the aesthetic standard people have come to expect in the village."

Molina will be paid $45,000 per year, Alonso said.

"He will be responsible for the personnel at the Reminderville Athletic Club and paying the bills there, among other duties," Alonso said. "Mario has quite a bit of small business experience and my hope is he can fill that need for us with the RAC."

From toddlers to seniors to all mobilities in between, the RAC at Glenwood Boulevard and Liberty Road offers a unique blend of country club and commercial.

The two-story, 44,000-square-foot facility features a 5,000-square-foot fitness center open 24/7, a suspended 3-lane track overlooking two basketball and volleyball courts, a "Splashpad" for the kiddos and a pool.

But it's the center's versatility and personal touches that make it unique -- from the USB and charging ports in the women's locker room to the more than 350 individualized, virtual instruction programs in the 24/7 workout area, Alonso said.

The RAC employs two people full time (Molina and a programming director) and 20 to 25 people part time (lifeguards, latchkey workers and program instructors). Molina says the RAC is more than halfway toward a goal of 3,700 members.

"To see the athletic club come to fruition, it really still is more exciting than when I bought my first home," Molina said. "To see people using the facility and the facility staying full is just awesome ... It took all of us -- especially the last group of Councilors -- to get where we are."

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