Recreation Committee, May 1, 2019

June 4th, 2019  |  Published in Observer Reports

Present:  Tres Roeder, Council Member and Chairperson; Sean Malone, City Council Member; Terri Breeden, Deputy Director of Curriculum for the School District; Alexandria Nichols, Director of Recreation; Jeri Chaikin, Chief Administrative Officer; and David Weiss, Mayor

Chairperson Tres Roeder called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Without a quorum, the minutes of the March 6, 2019 minutes could not be approved.  But a draft will be posted to the city’s website and they will be formally approved at a future meeting. 

Only one item of business was on the evening’s agenda:

A recommendation on Thornton Park Ice Rink Fee Changes

In 2018 the Recreation Department  conducted a rink fee study; it had been six years since Thornton Park Ice Rink fees were reviewed and adjusted.  Data was compiled from several area rinks, both private and public.  It is clear from this review that Shaker fees are generally lower or align with area rinks.

Prior to the increase in 2013 fees had been the same since 2008 and  before that were updated at a rate of 7.5 % based on hockey program fees.  In 2018 fees were increased by about 5 %.

Hockey fees will be considered later in the year to align with their program registration dates.

The committee agreed that Shaker fees increases seem  reasonable but had a number of questions:

  1.  What is the actual annual rink revenue, without the subsidy?
  2.  Why are expenses  going up faster than in the past?
  3.  What is the cost of utilities?
  4.  What  percentage of the total revenue does each program generate?
  5.  How much more revenue would be generated with these changes?

The fee recommendation goes next to the Finance Committee and the answers to these questions will be helpful in decision making.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:55p.m.

Jan Devereaux

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