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October 8, 2013

Fees part of recreation revamp

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County Recreation Committee met once again Monday focusing on the County Recreation Department's fee schedule.

Establishing specific written policy removing staff discretion from all business is a main goal, according to District 4 County Commissioner Henry Craig.

“The only way there is an exception should be if the (County Commission) chooses to change the written policy,” Craig said Monday.

County Manager Ralph McMullen, Commissioner Tommy French, District 2, Recreation Director Bill McNair and Assistant Recreation Director Traci Rollins went over the current fee list, as well as reduced rates for non-profits, faith based organizations and employees.

Dialogue moves on to the County Commissioners for future consideration and true policy change. County Attorney David McRee will draft up proper policy and procedure language before any formal motion to vote.

• Does price cover actual cost?

The county could elevate the hourly rate at numerous recreation facilities, such as the pool pavilion and the gymnasium.

“We need to make sure we are getting as much return on investment as we can,” Craig said.

Currently, the recreation department charges $75 for one court and $150 for both courts per hour. It's $300 for 10 hours for one court rental and $600 for all courts lasting the same time frame.

“My first impression is that $75 per hour is a bargain for that much space,” Craig said. “I'm speculating because we don't know what things cost yet.”

McMullen said heating and cooling costs are substantial because the gym building was constructed long ago. 

“Six hundred dollars for renting that floor is a big time bargain,” the county manager said.

The air conditioning isn't always on. Rollins said the heating and cooling starts when someone rents the gym, which only happens once per month on average.

The county did spend $100,000 on recreation electricity use last year.

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