With summer months quickly approaching, West Jefferson Village Council approved a plan Monday night to reduce pool membership rates and open the pool for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Council was presented with an ordinance to set the pool rates for the 2014 season. The rates are to be as follows: Single membership — $150 for residents and $200 for non-residents; family membership — $190 for residents and $250 for non-residents.
Family memberships are a pass for two adults and five children who are immediate family members under the age of 22 years old, and who are single and dependent on parents and reside in the same home. Memberships purchased on or before May 20 will receive a $10 discount.
Council member Cory Coburn said memberships seem to be in decline and asked council to consider a lower rate, despite the village already having to subsidize the pool financially.
“Our attendance seems to be down last year and our memberships were down,” Coburn said. “I would like to see us adjust the membership rates and get the attendance back up. I’d like to see single memberships (resident) down to $120 and family memberships (resident) down to $170.”
The pool had a total of 53 total paid memberships last year, and Coburn said he hoped they would rise with a price reduction. Council president Ron Garver said the village spent $15,000 last year to help with the operation of the pool.
“I’d like to see us keep it (memberships) the same and not lower it,” Garver said. “We are already subsidizing it with taxpayer dollars.”
Coburn said family memberships have shrunk over the last few years and a higher attendance would help the pool operation in the long run.
“If you look back over the last three or four years, I’d think you would see our family memberships have dropped by 50,” Coburn said.
Council voted 5-2 in favor of amending the ordinance, with members Jim King, Ray Martin, Randy Otis, Cory Coburn and Steven Johnston voting in favor of the change, and Garver and Doug Eakins voting against the rate reduction. Council then voted 6-1, with Garver voting against the amended ordinance.
Council also approved the pool being open on Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 24 through Monday May 26 from noon to 8 p.m. each day. The pool will then re-open for the summer months starting on Thursday, June 5, the day after school is out in the village.
Under the ordinance, senior citizens over 60 years old are admitted free. Daily admission is $6 for individuals 6 to 59 years old, $3 after 5 p.m. and children age two and under are free with an adult paid admission.
There is also a baby-sitter’s membership for a base price of $250, which allows for one adult and up to five children under the age of 18 years old and can be used Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.