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Delay of Roswell Adult Center fees up for consideration

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The City Council is expected to vote next week on whether to delay new Roswell Adult Center fees. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell City Council is expected during its next meeting to consider delaying new fees at the Roswell Adult Center.

Juan Fuentes, administrative services director, said that two actions about the matter will be forwarded to the City Council for discussion and possible vote during the group’s Sept. 12 meeting.

One action proposes to suspend the cost-recovery policy that outlines how the Roswell Adult Center could increase revenues to offset operating costs. The other would delay the fee policy authorizing the charging of admission and other fees. That policy, Resolution 18-36, was passed 10-0 by the City Council in July 2018.

Signs went up on doors of the Roswell Adult Center on North Missouri Avenue in August announcing that fees would be put into effect Sept. 1, and some regular visitors to the Adult Center expressed their unhappiness.

They said they could not understand why they were being asked to pay for entry now, when they hadn’t been charged admission in previous years. Others said veterans should not have to pay anything, noting that the building is dedicated as a veterans’ memorial. Others said they didn’t see a reason for fees for activities that didn’t cause wear and tear to equipment or facilities.

The fees would have been $5 for adults 13 and older and $3 for youth, seniors over 60, military members and veterans, plus tax. Spectators would have paid $1 a day. Children 3 or younger would be free. Discounts for monthly or annual memberships also would have been given. Billiard and domino players would have had separate fees of $1 a visit or $5 a month, plus tax, without a separate admission fee.

Fuentes said that the policies will be suspended or delayed for further review by city staff and city councilors. City Manager Joe Neeb added that the Adult Center fees will remain at the same levels that they were before July 2018.

The City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Sept. 12, in the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.

“Please let people know,” said Carolyn Mitchell with the Roswell Adult Center Foundation. “It has caused a lot of upset.”