Board suggests uptick in golf, pool, center fees

By CANDY NEAL
Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — The fees of some park and recreation activities in Jasper may increase next year and the year after.

The Jasper Park and Recreation Board on Tuesday recommended several fee changes to the city council.

Green fees and cart rental fees at the golf courses would increase by $1 and season passes costs by $25. Golf Director Steve Milligan suggested the increases to help keep up with the costs for maintaining the golf courses.

Currently, the lowest green fees are $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents for nine holes of golf on a weekday at Ruxer Golf Course; the highest fees are $14 for residents and $18 for nonresidents for 18 holes on the weekend at Municipal Golf Course. Cart rental fees at both courses are $ for nine holes and $12 for 18 holes.

Season passes for both courses range between $355 for individual residents and $685 for nonresident families. Passes for only the municipal course range from $275 for individual residents to $495 for nonresident families.

Park Director Ken Buck said that increasing costs for greens maintenance and other necessities mean the golf courses never break even for the year.

The cost for a coupon book for the swimming pool would increase by $10, to $50. That would still make the average cost of each ticket in the book $2.50, which is still cheaper than the $4 general admission cost to get into the pool, Recreation Director Dave Lesko explained.

The cost to rent the Arnold F. Habig Community Center banquet room would increase by $25 to $150. Lesko also suggested that the deposit for the room be increased from $75 to $150; renters get the deposit back after the staff determines that no excess cleanup needs to be done to the room. Lesko said there have been some problems with renters not taking care of the room.

The fee for teams to enroll in women’s fall and winter volleyball leagues would increase by $10, to $70 per season. The summer coed volleyball teams enrollment fee would also increase by $10, to $50 per season. Enrollment for Kamp 4 Kids, the summer program for 4- to 6-year-olds,would increase by $5, to $35 per week.

The department also suggested that the rental fee for groups that use the ballfields at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex increase in 2015 to $20 per game; the fee now is $15 per game. This does not apply to the Jasper sports leagues that use the complex, Lesko said.

The ordinance for the changes could come up at the city council’s meeting next Wednesday. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.




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