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Glenwood Springs Community Center fee increases before council

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Membership fees to use the Glenwood Springs Community Center's recreational facilities would go up an average of 2 percent starting April 1, under a staff-recommended proposal before city council tonight.

However, about 1,200 current members, or approximately 60 percent of the total membership, would not be affected by the new fee increases, according to Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Director Tom Barnes.

Those 1,200-some members, who are already signed up to use the center's automatic withdrawal pay system, will not see a rate increase, Barnes notes in a memo prepared for tonight's council meeting.

The new fee schedule, if approved, would apply to new monthly, six-month and annual memberships, and to renewing members who don't already use the auto-pay system. New members can enroll in the auto-pay system, but would be charged the new rates.

The daily, drop-in rates would not change under the fee proposal.

This would be the second straight year in which community center membership rates have gone up, following several years with no fee adjustments.

The proposal is in line with the city's 2008 "cost-recovery model," which established a goal to recover at least 60 percent of budget expenses for recreation programs and community center operations, Barnes explained in the memo.

"Program fees, in many cases, are meeting the established targets," he said.

Community Center revenues have been coming in above 50 percent, versus a national average of 40 percent recovery for municipal recreation centers, Barnes said. The 2 percent increase for memberships is recommended to adjust for increased costs.

The most costly membership, for a non-resident family, still would not exceed $1.50 extra per month under the fee proposal, Barnes said. That pass would increase from $800 per year currently to $816.

Barnes also noted in his memo that smaller, periodic fee adjustments are better than "irregular spikes" in community center fees.

City council will take up the fee proposal during its regular meeting agenda, beginning at 6 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.

Also on tonight's Glenwood Springs City Council agenda:

• A 4 p.m. work session with city Transportation Commission members to discuss the Highway 82/Grand Avenue Access Control Plan recommendations pertaining to the area between 14th and 20th streets.

This is the second of three work sessions breaking the access plan into different segments. The downtown area from Sixth to 14th streets was addressed at a December meeting, and the area from 20th Street to the south end of the city limits will be discussed in February. City Council is to consider formally adopting the access plan this spring.

• A public hearing to consider a redevelopment plan for the former Tomahawk Truck Stop site at Highway 6 and Mel Ray Road in West Glenwood. The new owners of the property, Loco Inc., are proposing to redevelop the site with a new fueling station, drive-through restaurant, convenience store, bus station and self-storage facility.

• A request to continue to the regular Feb. 7 council meeting a public hearing for the 55-unit Silver Sage residential development, which is being proposed for a 42-acre site at the corner of Four Mile and Airport roads in south Glenwood.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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