Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

City Council sets pool party charge

May 11, 2006

With the new swimming pool's opening just more than three weeks removed, the De Soto City Council agreed to a rental fee for after-hour parties at the pool.

After examining the rental fees other cities in the area charged for after-hour parties of their pools and some debate, the council agreed to set the fee at $150 an hour with a $1 fee for all who attend.

A suggested fee of $125 an hour was presented to the council in April. That rate would allow the city to recoup its cost of keeping the pool open, City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said. But after learning there was a good deal of inquiry about renting the pool, council members agreed De Soto Parks and Recreation Director Jay Garvin and pool manager Justin Huslig should review after-hour rental fees at area pools before they made a decision.

The review suggested the proposed fee was appropriate, Huslig said. The $125 per hour recommendation for the two hours after the pool closes at 8 p.m. was the same as charged by Lawrence but less than the $450 it would cost to rent the entire new Bonner Springs pool for the required two-hour block.

Considering all the information, Councilwoman Mitra Templin said the proposed fee seemed "a little bit low" and that the city should try to take advantage of the pool's popularity in its early years.

Noting that other cities had sliding scales for added individuals, the council agreed to Templin's proposal on the rates.

The council also agreed to a landscaping contract on the pool for $10,000. The work is to be completed in the next few weeks.

De Soto Parks and Recreation Director Jay Garvin said 269 pool memberships have been sold as of Tuesday. Of those, 245 were purchased by De Soto residents and 24 by non-residents.

The vast majority of those memberships (228) are family memberships, which translates to 1,004 members, Garvin said. Most were sold before May 1, the deadline for a $5 discount on individual memberships and $10 discount on family memberships.

While generally pleased with the numbers, Garvin said the number of non-resident memberships was less than targeted projections.

They do represent a substantial increase from last year, when 99 family passes and 63 individual passes were sold.

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