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City revising fees, pool hours

May 17, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown's city pool will be open seven days a week for at least six weeks this summer, and fee increases at the Municipal Golf Course will amount to 50 cents instead of 75 cents per round, City Council members decided during a budget review session Tuesday.

The city's Claude M. Potterfield Pool off Frederick Street traditionally has been closed on Mondays.

The Mayor and City Council on Tuesday agreed to try keeping the pool open seven days a week to see what financial impact that has on the city budget. After six weeks, the mayor and council will review the situation to decide whether to keep the pool open on Mondays for the rest of the summer.

City Public Works Manager Douglas Stull said he anticipates this six-week trial to begin June 19.

A majority of council members also agreed to raise the daily golf course fees by 50 cents instead of 75 cents, as was originally proposed. Currently, daily golf fees range from $4.75 to $9.25, depending on whether one is playing 9 or 18 holes, the time one plays and the age of the golfer. Fees for seniors are discounted.

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The revised fee increases would take effect earlier than planned, on July 1 instead of Jan. 1.

Councilman William M. Breichner opposed lowering the fee increases.

The fee changes were prompted by citizen complaints during a May 2 public hearing on the budget for the 2000-2001 fiscal year.

The changes to fee increases would have no impact on the budget because the smaller increases will be implemented earlier, City Finance Director Al Martin said.

The council also discussed changes to parking meter fees and eliminating the admission fee at Hager House.

The council decided to keep a proposal to offer free parking on certain downtown streets during the winter holiday season, which is expected to cost $12,000 in lost revenue, according to Martin.

But the council did not decide how to make up for the lost funds.

Ideas discussed included raising the fees at some downtown parking meters from 25 cents to 50 cents an hour; charging $1 instead of 50 cents to park in the city parking deck at night; and eliminating free parking on weekends.

Martin said the council will review options for dealing with the $12,000 in lost revenue at future work sessions.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer and Breichner favored eliminating admission fees at Hager House, which generate about $6,000 a year.

Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein and J. Wallace McClure want to keep the fees, which range from $2 to $4 depending on the age of the visitor.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner did not attend the meeting, so Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II directed Martin to leave the fees in the budget.

The council is expected to take a final vote on the proposed $64.4 million budget on May 30.

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