Piedmont City Council Approves Aquatic Center Rate Increase

Swimmers can expect to pay more at the pool this summer after a rate increase was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Piedmont City Council.

Council Member Hardin made the recommendation for the increase in order to help generate much needed additional revenue following a discussion of the city’s budget.  

“We’ve got one of the nicest pools in the area,” Hardin said, but expressed concerns over the amount of wear and tear that the facility experiences.

“I would rather have 50 people at $7.50 than 75 at $5,” he said, adding that the pool would see less wear and tear, while generating the same amount of money.

A single day-pass will increase from $5 to $7.50, while season passes for individuals will see an increase from $50 to $100 per year. Family season passes will also double from $100 to $200. The rate for private parties will increase from $145 to $175 per event.

Mayor Bill Baker, along with Council Members Mary Bramblett and Ben Keller, voted against the rate increase, as they felt that a vote should be delayed until they hear from parks and recreation director Jeff Formby.

The aquatic center will open to the public on Memorial Day weekend.

In other business, following a recommendation from Council Member Greg South, the council agreed to allow Police Chief Freddie Norton to seek bids for two new, fully equipped patrol cars. South said the recent increase in traffic citations will help fund the purchase.

Also, the council agreed to clean up and place a lien on a 1st Avenue property as part of the city’s abatement process. Officials said the next step could potentially be demolition of the structure.

Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $206,781.48.

The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th, following the work session, which is set for 5:30pm. 

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