Swimming pool and golf course rates increased; plus other Groveport news

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council approved raising greens fees and golf cart fees at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course as well as increases to the non-resident rates at the outdoor Aquatic Center swimming pool in 2022.

The golf cart fees will rise from $14 to $16 for 18 holes for both city residents and non-residents.

The golf course’s off season (Nov. 1 through March 31) greens fees for residents will rise from $5 to $5.50 for nine holes and from $10 to $11 for 18 holes. The non-resident off season green fees will rise from $7.50 to $8.50 for nine holes and from $15 to $17 for 18 holes. Golf cart fees for off season will be $10 for nine holes and $16 for 18 holes for both residents and non-residents.

“These are fairly small increases and it still keeps us competitive with other golf courses,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King

At the outdoor Groveport Aquatic Center, the non-resident daily rate will increase from $12 to $14 for individuals over age two. The non-resident season pass rates will increase as follows: individual ages 3-54 from $126 to $168; senior adult (age 55 and up) from $63 to $84; senior couple (age 55 and up) from $116 to $126; household of two from $221 to $294; household of three from $300 to $400; and household of four from $371 to $494.

While council members generally agreed on the non-resident season pass increase, Councilman Ed Dildine opposed raising the non-resident daily rate.

“It’s too high. We’ll alienate a prime customer base,” said Dildine, who said the bulk of the pool’s visitors use daily passes. “We rely on revenue from non-residents for our recreation center, pool, golf course, and local businesses. I think we’re going to lose more than we gain by raising the non-resident rate. We’re pricing ourselves out of business.”

Dildine cited the outdoor Aquatic Center’s 30 day membership as an example of the non-resident support noting that 1,064 non-residents bought 30 day memberships while only 166 city residents did.

Councilman Scott Lockett said the Groveport Aquatic Center is a “destination pool” and the city needs to compare its rates with similar competing facilities. He added, “On hot days the pool will still draw a crowd.”

“We need to fill the pool with people, not just water,” said Mayor Lance Westcamp.

Groveport Aquatic Center Manager Seth Bower felt the new non-resident daily rate is acceptable stating, “It adds a layer of personal investment in the pool and helps eliminate past problems.”

Other council members noted that the increased non-resident daily rate might encourage more season pass memberships because, comparatively, the season pass rate would be cheaper overall.

Looking to the future, Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr said the city’s costs for doing business will be increasing noting the rising costs to operate the recreation center, Aquatic Center, and the golf course.

In his latest finance report to council, Carr stated the recreation fund and the golf course “have historically operated at losses.” He said to break even the city transfers money from its general fund to the recreation and golf funds when necessary.

Parking on West Street
Council is considering legislation that would prohibit parking on the fire hydrant side of West Street.

King said there is an ongoing issue of multiple vehicles being parked on both sides of West Street making it difficult for snow plows, leaf clean up trucks, and delivery trucks to maneuver on the street. Additionall, he said, having vehicles parked on the fire hydrant side of the street is a safety issue.

There is also an issue of parked cars blocking mailboxes. The mailboxes in this area are on both sides of the street.

City officials will contact the Post Office to see if all the mailboxes can be placed on the fire hydrant side of the street.

Development news
City of Groveport Development Director Jeff Green said the city is continuing to see increased interest from prospective businesses regarding the downtown area.

“We currently have some vacant properties downtown so I’ve been reaching out to the property owners to gauge their interest in leasing or selling to a prospective business looking for space,” said Green.

Green said he met in November with a small business owner from Canal Winchester who said she heard Groveport has a reputation for working with small businesses.

Green said downtown parking remains an issue.

“We’re hoping to have some proposals to bring to Groveport City Council soon that will address the issue and allow new development and business growth to continue in the area of Wirt Road and Main Street,” said Green.

Tree update
The Groveport Public Works Department reported it has started maintenance activities on the top 100 trees needing work based on the priority tree maintenance listing created by Davey Resource Group. In the report, it was noted a contractor will remove 35 hazardous trees throughout town, work is continuing on the replacement tree planting list, and the city is awaiting price quotes from certified arborists regarding the pruning of 65 trees.

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