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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Aqua pups seek to reduce pool fees

  • The McPherson Aqua Pups swim team made a plea to the McPherson City Commission Monday during a study session to lower the swim pass fees for swim team members.
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  • The McPherson Aqua Pups swim team made a plea to the McPherson City Commission Monday during a study session to lower the swim pass fees for swim team members.
    Kathleen Powers, Aqua Pups president, said many families in the program pay the full season pass for the pool, but only use the facilities during the swim team’s season.
    She said the high fees are a barrier for many families to participate in the sport.
    The club charges swimmers $125 per season, which pays for coaches’ salaries and certification for volunteers.
    An individual season swim pass costs an additional $75.
    Powers noted communities, such as El Dorado and Winfield, don’t charge their swim teams to use their municipal pools.
    City officials went over the pool costs with the team’s representatives. Mayor Tom Brown said most cities operate their municipal pools at a loss.
    Operating and maintaining the pool cost the city over $129,000 more than it generated in revenue last year.
    The cost of additional chlorine and staffing for the swim team is about the same amount as the fees generated by the swim team fees. There are additional maintenance fees beyond that.
    Wendy O’Brien, Aqua Pups treasurer, said she just wants the swimmers to be on the same footing as children who play baseball or soccer.
    “Do those kids have to pay to maintain their fields?” she said.
    Jolonna Carr, McPherson Recreational Commission aquatics director, said the MRC has a financial assistance program for families in need. Only one family on the swim team used that program to pay for a swim pass last year.
    Powers said the team wishes to do fundraising in order to decrease the cost for its swimmers, and she said she would make swimmers aware of the financial assistance available.
    No action was taken. Powers said she would take the information she received from the commission back to the Aqua Pup parents.
    For more information on the Aqua Pups, go to their website at http://macaquapups.webs.com/.
    In other business, the city:
    • Appointed Janette Hess to the McPherson Public Library Board
    • Approved a new brokerage agreement with Assurance Partners. The city will pay $24,000 in 2013-14 and $22,000 in the following three years. This is a reduction in the city’s fee.
    • Approved a $1,200 change order on the sanitary sewer district 169A project.
    • Approved a $4,750 change order on the First Street Project for a concrete protection curb.
    • Approved the city’s participation in the Klink road resurfacing program for 2016. The city has applied to resurface Kansas Highway 153 from U.S. Highway 56 to the south city limits. The city’s portion of the cost is estimated at $182,500.
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