Council asks for research on pool rental fees
De Soto City Council members want to test the water before setting rates for parties at the city's new swimming pool.
Parks and recreation director Jay Garvin said he and other city staffers had been fielding lots of calls from those wanting to rent the pool for special occasions.
The council was presented with proposed rates last Thursday to have private gatherings at the pool. The proposal would have charged $25 to reserve a small party room at the pool during normal operating hours, and $120 an hour to rent the entire pool after closing. The after-hour rate would charge another $5 an hour should the customer want the concession stand to remain open.
"Bottom line is we established a fee structure so the city could recoup its out-of-pocket expenses," De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said.
The party room was big enough to hold about 15 people at one time, the council was told. The $25 fee would reserve it, but those attending a birthday party or other event would still have to pay the gate fee.
The after-hour fee wouldn't require gate fees.
Council members were pleased with the interest but wondered if it meant the proposed rates were too low, especially for non-residents. At the proposed rates, the pool could become very popular with corporate groups, Mayor Dave Anderson said.
Although there was agreement the rate structures might work for those with memberships, it was agreed Garvin should research what other cities in the area were charging before the council acted.
The council needed to act fast, City Clerk Lana McPherson said. She fielded seven to eight calls that day -- many from Eudora -- from people inquiring about pool parties, she said.
Another new parks and recreation facility -- the boat ramp on 79th Street west of De Soto -- is also generating phone calls, McPherson said. But she said many were wondering how they could use it when the gates to the old sand plant were locked.
Council members agreed there was no point to building a boat ramp if there was no access to it.