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August 5, 2013

County committee analyzing options



“This is a revisiting of allowing those groups to come back,” McMullen said. “It gives certain waivers, and it’s not spelled out as to what type of reduction are you giving.”

Craig suggested giving a 25 percent civic or church group event use fee reduction. French said the benefit and cost incurred to the county must be part of the document.

The county recreation committee awaits County Attorney David McRee’s legal input but concurs creating a “good policy where changes require policy change” will help bolster better operations.

• Facility fee schedules

Field rentals stay competitive with nearby Dublin’s recreation areas at $125 per field per day under the recreation operations rough draft. McNair said bumping the fee to $150 per field is doable.

The committee bounced around charging more per hour for night use due to lighting costs. 

McMullen wants to find some way to benefit more from gate or parking fees the recreation department continually accommodates.

Charging more could scare away large baseball and softball tournaments, which is a recreation death sentence.

“I understand, but you could very easily run those tournaments to Cordele too,” McNair said.

The director doesn’t want to price Baldwin out of the tournament game.

Craig said a night use surcharge around $15 could help the recreation pocketbook. 

McNair said he’s contact Dublin to see if recreation officials there tack on night charges.


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