The Chadron City Council is considering a proposal for two special rates for the Pine Ridge Job Corps and its access to the Chadron Area Aquatics Center.
The council reviewed the first reading of an ordinance that would charge the PRJC $150 a year for its required water safety courses and set the admission rate at $1 per student when the PRJC brings a supervised group of students to the facility for a recreational trip.
Janet Johnson, the city’s building and zoning administrator, said the fee ordinance for the old outdoor pool included a 50-cent admission rate for PRJC students. Since regular rates doubled at the new facility, she suggested the $1 rate. PRJC Director Tammy Calamari said the special rate will only apply to group trips, not when students attend on their own.
As for the water safety course, or drown-proofing as PRJC refers to it, it takes about 30 minutes and takes place at various times of the year as the center accepts new students. It will not require the aquatics center to shut down, and PRJC would have to work around the rest of the center’s schedule, Johnson said.
The ordinance will have to be read two more times before the council can vote on it, and the public is encouraged to provide feedback.
Other business related to the aquatics center that came before the council Monday was an update on the fiscal activity. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2017, the city subsidized the aquatics center in the amount of $60,900. That figure is close to what was budgeted as a city subsidy, pointed out Councilman Mark Werner, when the aquatic center was in the planning stages.
“Brandon (Girard) and the team guessed and came awful close to guessing correctly,” Werner said.
The city included a $55,000 subsidy for the aquatics center in its budget, roughly the amount it was paying to run the outdoor pool each summer. The new facility brought in just over $196,000 in revenue during the last fiscal year and expenses tallied $257,000.