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City delays implementing fees for adult centers

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The city of Roswell will delay implementation of a new fee schedule for people who use some city recreational facilities.

Joe Neeb, city manager for the city of Roswell, said at a public forum at the Roswell Adult Center Thursday that delaying the Sept. 1 start date for implementation of the new fees will allow the city and the public time to have a conversation with the City Council’s General Services and Finance committees about the fees.

“So it will be at least 30 to 45 days before we get through that whole process,” Neeb said.

If the city moves forward with the plan, fees would be charged to people who use the Roswell Adult Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., and the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center, 1402 W. College Blvd.

Marcus Gallegos, recreation manager for the city of Roswell, also told the crowd that after ample feedback from the public, he will recommend at the next meeting of the General Services Committee Aug. 28, for the city to put off charging the fees, so more time can be taken to study the schedule.

The schedule had been adopted by the City Council in July 2018.

The new schedule would have charged daily entry fees for both the Adult Center and the Recreation and Aquatic Center of $5 for adults 13 or older. Youth ages 4-12, seniors and veterans would have been charged a fee of $3.

Children ages 3 or younger would be allowed into both facilities for free. People also would have been able to purchase weekly or monthly passes.

The full list of fees that includes room rentals are available at the city administration offices.

Many people at Thursday’s public forum were critical of the fees, stating it could place a strain on seniors who are on fixed incomes.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.