Council To Consider Aquatic Center, Muni Rate Increases
Also, Merck proposed traffic signal at Passaic Avenue and Merck Drive.
Common Council will discuss possible membership fee increases at the Family Aquatic Center and the Municipal Golf Course Tuesday night.
Director of the Department of Community Programs Judith Josephs is proposing an ordinance for introduction in January that puts all membership fees and usage charges into one ordinance.
There are several proposed changes to the membership categories and fees at the Family Aquatic Center including the elimination of several categories.
After a study was conducted which looked at rates in Milburn, Westfield, Verona, New Providence, Livingston, Cedar Grove, and West Caldwell and as a result of rates remaining unchanged since 2007, Josephs said in a memo to council she is recommending eliminating the membership categories couples, single parent with child and subsidized single parent with child.
"The Single Parent Category had become unmanageable, was not appropriately
priced and caused dips in other membership categories," Josephs wrote in the memo. "Subsidized membership categories remain but will be streamlined to include only one rate (25 percent off). In the past, there were two subsidized rates based on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. All families or individual youth that qualify can now register for the same reduced rate."
The rate for a subsized family is $300 and an individual is $120 for the season.
In addition, Josephs is proposing increasing the rates for several membership categories. A family membership would now cost $375 for the season, up from $350; an individual membership would increase to $150 from $100; senior citizen membership would now cost $65, up from $50; and an associate membership, for caregivers or summer guests, would increase to $150 from $100.
In addition, a new membership category for hotels was created which would allow hotel guests to use the pool for the price of a daily guest pass. The hotels would pay between $1,000 and $1,500 a season depending on the size of the hotel.
"If registration for 2011 remains at the 2010 levels," Josephs said, "we could realize an additional $15,000 - $20,000 increase in revenue."
At the Municipal Golf Course, Josephs is proposing a $1 increase in green fees per round and $15 increase in membership fees per category.
Muni fees have not been changed since 2007 and Josephs said in the memo to council that a study of both Millburn's and Scotch Plains' courses indicates that Summit's rate were equal or less in membership or green fees but the quality of programming was determined to be better.
"If memberships for 2011 remains at 2010 levels, we could realize an additional
$30,000 in revenue," Josephs said in the memo. "If Greens Fees for 2010 remain at the 2010 levels, we could realize an additional $15,000 - $17,000 in revenue."
A resident adult membership would now be $50, a junior membership for those aged six to 17 would be $40 and a senior citizen membership would now be $40.
Josephs is proposing the ordinance be introduced Jan. 18 with a hearing Feb. 15.
Council will also consider a request from Merck to install a traffic signal on Passaic Avenue at Merck Drive.
According to a memo from Lee Klein, Merck's traffic engineer, the traffic signal would operate 24 hours per day/7 days per week. The traffic signal will be programmed to "rest in green a phase for Passaic Avenue until a vehicle actuates the Merck Drive phase. The Merck Drive phase is set with a seven second minimum green time and a maximum of 18 seconds of green time.
The cost of the traffic signal would be incurred by Merck, the memo states and the company would pay an annual fee to the city for maintenance.
Summit Police Chief Robert Lucid said he is in support of the project.
"We feel it will be a significant safety improvement for their installation and the City as a whole," he said in a memo to council.
The light is proposed to be installed by Dec. 31.