By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council has approved increased green fees and golf cart fees at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course, as well as increased non-resident rates at the Aquatic Center’s outdoor pool in 2022.
Golf cart fees will drop from $ 14 to $ 16 for 18 holes for city residents and non-residents.
Off-season (November 1 to March 31) golf course green fees for residents will be reduced from $ 5 to $ 5.50 for nine holes and from $ 10 to $ 11 for 18 holes. Green fees for non-residents out of season will increase from $ 7.50 to $ 8.50 for nine holes and from $ 15 to $ 17 for 18 holes. The low season golf cart fee will be $ 10 for nine holes and $ 16 for 18 holes for residents and non-residents.
“These are pretty small increases and it still allows us to remain competitive with other golf courses,” Groveport City administrator BJ King said.
At the Groveport Outdoor Aquatic Center, the daily rate for non-residents will drop from $ 12 to $ 14 for people over two years old. Season pass rates for non-residents will increase as follows: for those aged 3 to 54, from $ 126 to $ 168; senior adult (55 and over) from $ 63 to $ 84; senior couple (55 and over) from $ 116 to $ 126; household of two from $ 221 to $ 294; household of three from $ 300 to $ 400; and household four from $ 371 to $ 494.
While council members generally agreed to increase the season passes for non-residents, Councilor Ed Dildine opposed the increase in the daily rate for non-residents.
“It’s too high. We’re going to alienate a select clientele, ”said Dildine, who said most pool visitors use daily passes. “We rely on non-resident income for our recreation center, pool, golf course and local businesses. I think we will lose more than we gain by increasing the rate for non-residents. We are assessing ourselves for bankruptcy.
Dildine cited the 30-day membership at the Outdoor Aquatic Center as an example of non-resident support, noting that 1,064 non-residents purchased 30-day memberships while only 166 city residents did.
City Councilor 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 always attract a crowd.”
“We need to fill the pool with people, not just water,” said Mayor Lance Westcamp.
Groveport Aquatic Center Manager Seth Bower said the new per diem rate for non-residents is acceptable, saying, “It adds a layer of personal investment in the pool and helps eliminate past issues. “
Other board members noted that increasing the daily rate for non-residents could encourage more season passes because, comparatively, the season pass rate would be cheaper overall.
Looking ahead, Groveport CFO Jason Carr said the city’s costs of doing business would rise, noting the increased costs of operating the recreation center, aquatic center and grounds of golf.
In his last financial report to the board, Carr said the recreation fund and golf course “have historically operated at a loss.” He said to break even, the city transferred money from its general fund to recreation and golf funds when needed.
Parking on West Street
Council is considering a bill that would prohibit parking on the West Street fire hydrant side.
King said there was a persistent problem with several vehicles parked on both sides of West Street, making it difficult to maneuver snowplows, leaf cleaning trucks and delivery trucks across the street. Also, he said, having vehicles parked on the fire hydrant side of the street is a safety concern.
There is also a problem with parked cars blocking mailboxes. Mailboxes in this area are on both sides of the street.
City officials will contact the post office to see if all mailboxes can be placed on the fire hydrant side of the street.
Groveport City Development Manager Jeff Green said the city continues to see increased interest from potential businesses in the downtown area.
“We currently have vacant properties downtown, so I reached out to the owners to assess their interest in renting or selling to a potential business looking for space,” Green said.
Green said he met a small business owner from Canal Winchester in November who said he heard Groveport had a reputation for working with small businesses.
Green said downtown parking remains an issue.
“We look forward to having proposals to submit to Groveport City Council soon that will resolve the issue and allow new development and business growth to continue in the Wirt Road and Main Street area,” Green said.
Updating the tree structure
The Groveport Public Works Department said it has started maintenance activities on the first 100 trees requiring work based on the priority tree maintenance list created by Davey Resource Group. In the report, it was noted that a contractor will remove 35 dangerous trees across the city, work continues on the replacement tree planting list, and the city is awaiting quotes from certified arborists for pruning. 65 trees.