Macedonia may bill non-resident rec center members $72 annual "maintenance fee"

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Macedonia — City Council is considering an ordinance that would immediately impose a $72 annual maintenance fee on members of the Macedonia Family Recreation Center who are not city residents.

The ordinance, which is expected to come up for third and final reading at Council’s regular meeting next Thursday, was introduced by Council President Ken Martin.

Martin said at a Council work session last night that he believes the fee will earn the city enough to help pay for about $500,000 in improvements, including replacing exercise equipment and repaving the parking lot and for building maintenance. Martin said he believes that even with the fee, the Rec Center is a good deal for non-residents compared to other public recreation centers and private gyms.

Parks and Recreation Director Angela Gmerek, however, said that while she agrees with Martin’s goals, she fears that the fee will result in the loss of many non-resident members, who make up about half of the roughly 4,900 members.

Councilor Shane Barker, who serves as Council’s representative to the city’s advisory Park’s and Recreation Commission, and at least three of the five commission members also say they are opposed to the fee.

For more on this story, see the Feb. 27 edition.

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