Marble Falls council OKs contract with YMCA to run pool

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls City Council unanimously approved entering into a contract with the YMCA of Greater Williamson County to operate the city pool this summer.

During the council’s regular meeting March 3, Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss went before the council to outline the contract a day after the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission voted to recommend to the council that the city sign the contract. YMCA of Greater Williamson County also runs the Galloway-Hammond facility in Burnet.

The Marble Falls pool is scheduled to open May 30-Aug. 22. To open on time, Moss said decisions had to be made.

He has been searching for a new aquatics director for about six weeks since Martha Montoya resigned.

“We have not received applicants,” he said. “I had to start looking for an alternative. I think (partnering with the YMCA) is something that will solve the problem. They’ll give us the ability to provide more than what we’re able to.”

In addition to running the day-to-day operation of the pool, the YMCA crew will still offer swim lessons, swim team and staff private pool parties, Moss said. YMCA will have concessions, which was a task pool staffs in past years were limited in doing, and provide water exercises such as aerobics, the director said.

The prices for pool admittance ($2.50 for children, $4 for adults), family passes ($100), pool parties ($100-180) and swim lessons ($50 for eight 30-minute lessons) will remain the same, he said.

“They’ll do the same things and assume full risk and responsibility,” he said. “In addition, they’ll run the concessions and (take on) a lot of the risk associated with that.”

One change city staff members decided against was allowing morning pool parties, Moss said.

“More staffing time that we don’t have budget for, basically,” he said, adding the demand was less for morning parties than evening ones.

Life guards will be paid $9 per hour, while the water instructor and head life guard will make $12 an hour with the city paying the taxes.

The city will collect 20 percent of the gross, Moss said.

And since YMCA is a nonprofit, officials are simply seeking to break even, he said.

“They’re in the business to cover expenses,” he said. “As far as recreation, they have an extensive list of resources. The city may not have the resources. Having the opportunity is what’s important.”

The commissioners also

• received an update on Spring Break 2015 activities, including the photo contest, art in the park, dance workshop, movie day, obstacle course, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and ice cream social. Volunteers are needed at many of the activities. Go to ci.marble-falls.tx.us and search for “Spring Break” for a list of activities.

• were told Johnson Park did not receive the Lone Star Legacy designation. Moss said he received the email about the decision. He intends to speak with officials when he attends the Texas Recreation and Park Society gathering this weekend to find out why.

• reviewed the annual city cemetery budget. Total revenue projections are $11,400, and anticipated expenditures are $11,000. Operation of the cemetery is supplemented by the general revenue fund to the tune of about $19,000.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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