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City of Lodi plans to reduce pool hours, hike fees

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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Wed May 30, 2012.

In March, Mary Nester went to her doctor and received bad news: She needed to go on cholesterol medication.

Nester told her doctor to give her some time to fix the problem with exercise, and started going to the Hutchins Street Square pool about three times a week. Five weeks later, Nester was not only feeling more active, but her cholesterol was back to a good level.

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6 comments:

  • John Ring posted at 10:07 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    John Ring Posts: 34

    From a recovery standpoint if the pool at Hutchins is indeed at the higher end then perhaps the city should apply the same standard to other facilities/services it provides. From a pure math standpoint the pool is one of the more expensive items but again it is about choices. Over the years the facility has povided a lot of benefit for many people in the community. My point is that if the city and community cannot afford to maintain the pool anymore there is potentially another facility, private, that should be considered.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 4:38 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    Good idea Mr. Ring.
    I realize the compromise presented by the city here---increasing usage rates and reducing access would only cover about half the total annual cost of maintaining the pool and swim program but this is a heck of a lot more than is being recovered by so many other city sponsored programs and facilities.
    I chimed in on this issue because it appears to me this program is important mostly to only senior citizens and is therefore a low priority.
    If the city plans to "mothball" the pool or remove it and replace it with something that can pay it's way I am all for it.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:48 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    John Ring stated...My feeling, as I have stated before on this site, is to work with the local fitness club, twin arbors to provide this service to the city residents. At $3.50 to $4.50 per visit twin arbors becomes a viable alternative.

    Thoughtful idea! Not only would it reduce expense and overhead, but reduce liability for any kind of negligence resulting in possible lawsuits. I cannot think of a reason why John's suggestion should not be taken.

     
  • John Ring posted at 2:21 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    John Ring Posts: 34

    Pools by nature are expensive to operate. In reading the article it appears to me the city is trying to recover only a portion of the existing annual deficit by increasing fees. The city still needs to fund the repairs that are needed for the pool. The article makes no mention of programs other than basic swimming and exercise at the pool. Some CPR and lifeguarding classes are done there as well, for a cost. My feeling, as I have stated before on this site, is to work with the local fitness club, twin arbors to provide this service to the city residents. At $3.50 to $4.50 per visit twin arbors becomes a viable alternative. At their main location they have two pools, one indoor, one outdoor, heated year round. They offer exercise classes at the indoor facility. In addition they have a spa, sauna,steam room, cardio eauipment and weights available at no extra cost. Three visits a week at $3.50/visit equals $42/month. Starting to get close to what the club charges. Maybe the city could provide a subsidy for a period of time. I see many seniors using the pool at twin arbors in probably the same fashion at Hutchins. The city is losing 200k a year at the pool, ongoing maintenance and now a new liner is needed. To make the math work you would have to charge the users more than any other pool facility in town. Its all about choices. We as residents can continue to fund the pool at a large deficit and forgo something else in the city.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 11:19 am on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    it's use.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 11:18 am on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    " We simply have to take a first step"---sounds to me like the decision to close this facility has been made.
    I believe the city is treating this public pool and those that use it, differently than it treats other public facilities such as the skate park, tennis courts, parks, the grape bowl etc. It seems the city expects to recover the entire cost of operating this one by increasing user fees 30 to 40% and reducing access.
    The city incurs substantial "fixed costs" here even if no one ever uses Hutchins pool. It seems the city wants to recover not just the "incremental costs" associated with

     

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