(Neb)-City County Gives Job Corps Higher, But Still Reduced, Fee For Aquatics Center Listen
CHADRON -The Chadron City Council has approved a reduced admission rate at the Aquatics and Wellness Center that's not as low as recommended by city staff but is still a 40% from the normal student rate of $5 per person.
Councilman Miles Bannan strongly supported the proposed fee of $1, double the fee charged the Job Corps at the outdoor pool and the same percentage increase as regular admission, saying it was a small way to thank Job Corps for the hundreds of thousands of dollars of work its members have contributed to the region for over 50 years.
Councilman Mark Werner said he shares Bannan's admiration for the Job Corps and its work, but pushed for either the punch card rate or the student group rate of $4 because he was afraid such a low rate for the pool could come back to haunt the council sometime in the future.
Mayor John Coates then said he was thinking of a $3 rate for all Job Corps students, even those who would be in the adult age category...a proposal that won the support of the other council members except Bannan, who stuck to his guns for the $1 fee.
After the vote, a Job Corps student who identified herself only as E-Z said she hadn't realized she should have asked to speak before the vote but still wanted to talk.
She told the council the students, who have little disposable income for entertainment, were excited when the Aquatics and Wellness Center opened not only because it was another activity for them but also because it was a way to interact with the Chadron community in a different way.
The council also approved a yearly rate of $150 for the Job Corps to use the Aquatics Center for its required student aquatics certification, which doesn't conflict with the pool being used by the general public.
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