Pool work underway

During last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new pool bathhouse and golf clubhouse, officials also took a look at progress on the new pool facility.

After unanimous recommendation from the Napoleon Parks and Recreation board and committee, council Monday night seemed ready to okay rates and fees for the future pool.

Council requested legislation be brought to it to approve the pool fees.

The Napoleon Parks and Recreation Board discussed the proposed fees at the beginning of this month, while the committee took it up Monday night prior to council’s meeting.

Napoleon Parks and Recreation Director Tony Cotter said he arrived at the rates by surveying what similar facilities in the area charge.

“I based a lot of what we proposed on what I saw in other communities,” Cotter said. “Some were quite a bit higher.”

He added the rates chosen are similar to the facility in Wauseon, which is also very similar to the type of pool Napoleon will open next year.

Another consideration was rewarding the residents of the city who approved the ballot measure to fund the pool.

“Certainly all of us agree on we wanted to make sure the rates were more affordable for residents since they supported the tax levy,” Cotter said.

A family membership would stay at $100 for a Napoleon resident, while the non-resident rate would increase from $125 to $200. Both would be for a family of up to five members.

Individual adult and child memberships for residents would decrease by $10 to $60 and $50 respectively, while non-resident rates would increase by $20 (to $100) and non-resident child by $15 ($85).

The daily fee would go from $2.50 for a child resident to $3, while the adult daily rate for residents would increase from $3 to $4.

Previously, there were no non-resident daily rates, but those would be $5 for children and $6 for adults.

The new proposal also adds a child care provider rate of $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents. It also adds a 10-visit pass for children at $27 for residents and $45 for non-residents.

Cotter said many area facilities have added this category of fee and he has received requests for it over the years from those who take care of children and want to bring them to the pool but do not necessarily want to swim.

Pool rental will increase by $100 for residents, from $150 to $250, while the rate for non-residents will be $350. Previously there had been no rate for non-resident rental.

“We thought with everything that someone would get as far as amenities, that to rent the pool for a three-hour period, we thought that needed to come up at least $100 for residents,” Cotter said.

Pool rentals typically are available Saturday nights, and some Sundays, but Cotter said Monday he would like to keep the pool open to the public as much as possible and he will advocate for rentals to be on Saturday only.

Residency rates in relation to pool rates will be defined as those residents living within the corporation limit.

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I started at the Northwest Signal in 1994 and became editor in 2004. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1994.

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