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Published: Wednesday, 2/27/2008

Maumee to limit seasonal pool pass

BY CARL RYAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Nonresidents of Maumee, except those living in the school district, won't be able to buy a season pass for the Rolf Park Pool this year.

That's because City Council last week abolished the nonresident pass for 2008, following a unanimous recommendation from its parks and recreation committee.

Councilman Doug Brainard, who chairs the committee, told his colleagues at last week's council meeting that issuing and managing the passes, which were limited to 250 last year, was more trouble than they were worth.

"The demand far exceeds the number of memberships available," Mr. Brainard said, reading from his committee report."This has created problems and often leads to disappointment. The method of issuing nonresident memberships often results in disruption with normal everyday municipal business where managers have to remind those waiting in line within the building to refrain from using vulgar language at times, pick up garbage that is left behind, and to talk with voice levels that will not interfere with normal business being conducted

"Behavior issues are also addressed at the pool itself According to the pool manager, at times it is necessary to have a police presence at the pool in order to maintain discipline," Mr. Brainard said.

The nonresident pass last year cost $120 for the first family member and $20 for each additional person. Elimination of it would cost the pool program about $12,000, but this could be made up with increased sales of day passes, which sell for $12 each, Mr. Brainard explained.

Mayor Tim Wagener noted that the new policy would apply to people with Maumee mailing addresses who do not live in the city.

City Council adopted another recommendation of the parks and recreation committee: It approved a new policy offering $15 police background checks for coaches with groups using city facilities.

The Maumee Police Division will provide the checks, using the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Mr. Brainard said his committee decided there was no legal way the checks could be mandated.

In other business, council:

•Approved a $24,500 change order for the area of Parkway and Chantilly drives.

•Approved the appointments of Joshua Hazard, Benjamin Heywood, and Dennis Miketa to the assessment equalization board.

•Approved Fire Chief Richard Monto's request to apply for a state EMS grant.

•Adopted 2008 replacement pages for the updated Maumee Municipal Code and adopted the 2008 National Electric Code.

•Approved spending $14,850 for the July 3 fireworks display jointly mounted with Perrysburg.

•Authorized paying $7,680 for the police division's mobile data computers for 2008.

•Approved paying Mirror Newspapers $6,400 to publish two city newsletters in 2008.

•Accepted the 2007 annual reports of the division of building and zoning, the service department, and the police division.

•Authorized spending up to $1,500 for an asbestos survey of 202 East William St.

•Approved a $20,558.43 contract amendment for the Russell Road-Fallen Timbers Land improvements.

•Referred a request for a zoning change at Parkway Plaza from C-1 (neighborhood commercial) to C-2 (general commercial) to the planning commission.

•Accepted the resignation of Paul Mulder from the department of public service.

•Referred a request for a resolution of opposition to Senate Bill 221 to the public information committee.

•Referred to the finance committee a request from Police Chief Bob Zink for replacement of his division's marked car fleet and consideration of the motorcycle lease program.



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