The discussion last night on the pools resulted in some general guidance to the staff, but as it was not a legislative session so no real decisions were reached. The idea of the Marlin’s paying fees for use of the pool during the early hours is not a dead issue, but the 6 AM to 8 AM time frame is not one that is in high demand. The city will end up having to put staff in place during that time frame, and the Marlin’s will end up having to pay some fee. The swim team does pay fees when they conduct swim meets. Should they be charged the same sort of rates that they pay to KSU for use of those facilities is a good question and warrants further review.
As for the pool subsidy and the life guards – the citizens voted to build the pools. I would assume that everyone that voted for the pools expected them to stay open during the summer. Parks and Recreation – the pools are core city functions. The Parks and Recreation staff was tasked with the concept of keeping at least one pool open through Labor Day. At the same time they were ask to find more lifeguards and keep the subsidy of the pools as low as possible. This may be a mission impossible. Maybe higher fees will need to be charged.
Larry makes the point about social services and UFM. UFM and Social Services are not core city functions. Second the outside agencies that are not city core functions received over 400K in city subsidies last year, much more than the pools. The city does provide reduced cost admission for the needy at the pools, sort of a social service? UFM by the way got $19,000 for the Special Alcohol Program in addition to the SSAB funds. The pools may always require some subsidy. Just like SSAB might require some subsidy. I am for reducing both if possible. And yes I am for elimination of UFM from SSAB support, priority to the pools, not UFM.
Details of the budget for Social Services:
SSAB: Big Brother/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Crisis Center, Homecare & Hospice, Kansas Legal Services, KSU Child Development Center, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Shepherd’s Crossing, CASA, UFM—$354,925 dollars from the General Fund.
Special Alcohol Programs: Big Brother/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Manhattan Emergency Shelter, CASA and UFM receive support from both funds. Other agencies support by the Special Alcohol fund were – KSU Drug Education Service, Pawnee Mental Health, Riley City Youth Court, Riley County Community Corrections – Juvenile, Riley County Community Corrections-Adult, The Restoration Center, and USD 383. $429,566 generated from the Liquor Drink tax.
The total government support of SSSAB agencies will be $354,925 from the General Fund and $116,223 from the Drink tax. Grand total of $471,158.