However, the swimming pool rental fees were increased 25 percent. The deposit to use the pool is $125 and the hourly rental fee is $68 for residents, according to a report to the council.
The goal of the increase is to improve the city’s efficiency and recover costs, said City Manager Alex Meyerhoff.
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The Consumer Price Index, a standard to measure inflation, was used to come up with the increase, he said.
A good portion of the discussion revolved around the pool and how best to deal with the cash flow.
Councilman Richard Layton, who initiated this discussion, said he didn’t support any fee increases, but economic times for the city “are like never imagined.”
Councilman David Bradshaw’s concerns revolved around the number of lifeguards to have available when having a party of more than 50. Two lifeguards on duty are insufficient, he said, and suggested to increase that number to three.
His suggestion was approved by the council.
The other item of discussion was animal control fees. Councilwoman Colleen Ludwig wanted to discuss the item separately.
“I think (this) needs more discussion and attention,” she said.
Shortly after, Mayor Jerry Brittsan suggested voting on the pool fees, but holding the vote on the rest of the fees, as questions about the Consumer Price Index and the feasibility of certain fee increases piled.
Council members are expected to meet with the city manager in the upcoming days, and the item may be discusses again in the next council meeting, Brittsan said.
Here are five things that came out of Monday’s Holtville City Council meeting
1. The council discussed the so-called Building Inspection Agreement the city has with the county. Under this agreement, the county provides building inspections and related services taking place in the city while retaining a portion of issued fees to cover its costs. However, the county hasn’t submitted revenue to the city since 2009, according to a report to the council. From 1999 to 2009, revenue for the city ranged from $1,000 to $4.000, the report notes.
2. A number of easements from various property owners were accepted by the City Council. The various right-of-ways are needed to build the new sanitary sewer outfall main pipeline.
3. The Boys and Girls Club of Imperial Valley, which provides after school and summer youth programs in Brawley and El Centro, expressed interest in expanding their services to Holtville. The Holtville Athletic Club and the Rotary Club have agreed to contribute financially to the effort.
4. The council approved calling for an election in November 6. The terms of Mayor Jerry Brittsan, Councilmember David Bradshaw and Councilwoman Colleen Ludwig are set to expire in December. The term of City Treasurer Pete Mellinger will also expire.
5. The swimming pool and hut summer schedule was presented to the council. The swimming pool will open June 16 and stay open seven days a week until Aug. 25.
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