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Councilors question rec center fees

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Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh, left, stepped down from the Roswell City Council dais to join City Attorney Aaron Holloman to answer questions regarding the proposed nuisance ordinance at full City Council on Thursday night. (Alison Penn Photo)

Fleet maintenance contract approved; public hearing to happen for nuisance ordinance

Roswell City Council passed fees for the Roswell Recreation & Aquatic Center with some councilors questioning affordability for local families.

City Councilor Savino Sanchez was absent, but all other nine councilors were present at the nearly four-hour meeting.

General Services Committee and Finance Committee reviewed and passed Roswell Recreation & Aquatic Center fees onto council within the last two weeks with some changes to the annual family membership to include six family members, instead of four, and to include use of both the recreation and aquatic sides of the facilities.

City Councilor Jacob Roebuck made an amendment to change the annual family rec and aquatics membership from $650 to $450 to make the fees more “attainable” for Roswell families. Councilor Caleb Grant was the second and the vote on the amendment was 7 to 2 with councilors George Peterson and Judy Stubbs voting in opposition. The final vote was 7 to 2 with the same councilors voting against.

Other annual admission fees would cost $150 for senior citizens and children, ages 3 to 12, or $250 for ages 12 and over.

Rental fees for the pools are as follows: $18 for a single indoor lane for one hour, $300 for the indoor pool for two hours and $500 for the outdoor pool for two hours.

The daily fees as presented are: children ages 2 and under are free, ages 3 to 12 and seniors would be $3, and ages 12 and over would be $5. Seasonal memberships range from $100 to $260 when the outdoor pool will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Program fees with various costs for swim lessons, water fitness and lifeguard certifications were also approved.

Stubbs questioned how some of the fees added up and said she would be voting against the measure because she was having a “really hard time” with the fees.

“What we’re going to have here is just a country club for rich people ‘cause poor people can’t afford it,” Peterson said. “People that are even mid-income $50,000 probably have a hard time paying $260 a year …”

Oropesa said he agreed with Peterson and reminded the council that fees could be changed as needed.

Fleet maintenance

Later in the evening, the council went into a closed session regarding the second post for a request for proposals for fleet maintenance.

Following the closed session, the council approved the contract with First Vehicle with two amendments. City Attorney Holloman reminded the council that 600 city vehicles will be maintained in this service agreement. He said the contract specifies 24 months of service with extension opportunities and is similar to the interim agreement with First Vehicles, which is currently maintaining the fleet after Forrest Tire’s extended contract was canceled early this year.

One change that Holloman noted was that additional reporting agreements were required to enforce accountability from the vendor’s performance. As listed on the meeting’s PowerPoint, First Vehicle’s costs associated are a $5,000 monthly fee and $62.36 per hour.

For the first amendment, Grant made an amendment for one-year term extensions to decrease from eight years to three, after the agreed upon 24 months. Foster seconded and the vote on the amendment was 8-1 with Oropesa in opposition.

The second amendment was made by Roebuck and Grant seconded. Roebuck’s amendment was to increase the rent after any subsequent year of the agreement from $33,200 to $100,000 annually and therefore, it would be 12 monthly installments increasing from $2,766 to $8,333.

For his reason behind the amendment, Roebuck said the city facility First Vehicle will be using “is valuable to the city for other purposes” and it is “imperative” to motivate First Vehicle to move into another location. He said a vendor having their own facility was specified, as well as scored, in the request for proposals process. This amendment also passed 8-1 with Oropesa’s being the dissenting vote.

The final vote on the amended contract was 8 to 1 with Grant voting against the measure. When asked about his vote, Grant wrote the matter is still “an ongoing contract negotiation.”

Other business

The measure to approve advertisement for a public hearing in June on the proposed nuisance property ordinance, where property owners could be charged for excessive calls of public safety service, was carried 8 to 1 with Oropesa voting against. Holloman said a public hearing was needed due to the number of changes since the original advertisement.

For the nuisance ordinance discussion, Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh stepped down from the dais to join Holloman to answer questions. Mayor pro tem Stubbs took over as the presiding officer, while Mayor Kintigh was on the floor to review the ordinance.

With appointments from Mayor Kintigh, Melissa Loucks and Janice Dunnahoo were approved by the council unanimously to serve on the Roswell Public Library Board of Trustees.

Jason Perry, former city councilor, was appointed to the South Park Cemetery board with some resistance from councilors, who voted 6 to 3. Councilors Peterson, Angela Moore and Oropesa cast dissenting votes. Oropesa, staff liaison for the cemetery board, said some of the current board was not in favor of Perry serving and he requested that diversity be considered for board members.

A transfer of $672,589 for roof damage at the Roswell International Air Center was approved by the council. Stubbs made the motion to allow the city manager to temporarily transfer funds for repairs on RIAC building 72 and Henderson seconded. She clarified that whichever account the transfer occurs in will be eventually reimbursed with insurance proceeds.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.