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(Neb)-Proposed Fees, Hours For Swim Team Practices Debated

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/10/2017 07:43 AM
CHADRON - The Chadron City Council held the second reading of the ordinance setting fees for the new Chadron Aquatics and Wellness Center, whose likely opening has been pushed back another couple week to early March, last night and the discussion ran for most of an hour.

        The fees and tentative center schedule were developed over the past few months by a citizens committee, but leaders of the Chadron Sharks Swim Team told council members the cost of swim practice was too high and the time set aside for for practices needed to be changed.

       The Sharks would pay the same $20 per hour as other groups and programs, with participants also needing passes, but coach and middle school teacher Barb McCartney said the team's hoped-for schedule of 2-hour practices 3 times a week for a fee of $480 a month was too much.

       McCartney said that when the swim team used the former pool in the Armstrong building at Chadron State College, they paid just $50 a month and have been paying a similar rate to use the pool at the Super 8 Motel since the college pool closed and was converted into the school's weight room.

      She also said the proposed schedule of just 2 days with 1-hour practics from 6-7:00 p-m was not only too short, it was too late in the day for the youngest team members...some of whom go to bed at or before 7:00.

      There was considerable discussion on moving up the time for the swim team to the afternoon open swim from 3:30-6:00 with the Sharks sharing the pool and with the diving board being closed for a portion of that time to accommodate practices.

      There was also a suggestion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Sharks and the city on the issues of cost and hours, but Don King, a member of the committee that drafted the fees and schedule, warned that fairness dictacted that other pool user groups be made the same offer.

      Since it was only the second reading of the ordinance, the city council took no action with council members and city officials indicating discussions would continue over the next two weeks with the swim team.


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