The Pine Ridge Job Corps will receive a reduced daily admission rate when they take students on group outings to the Chadron Area Aquatics and Wellness Center.
The Chadron City Council approved the reduced rate Monday, though the reduction was not as sharp as initially proposed. After a brief discussion the council voted 4-1 to charge the Job Corps $3 per student for the daily admission and $150 per year for the agency’s water safety classes. Vice Mayor Miles Bannan voted against the $3 rate, throwing his support behind the $1 fee originally proposed.
“The usage amount is miniscule,” he said. “This is mostly symbolic.”
While the rest of the council agreed that the Pine Ridge Job Corps students provide valuable services to the community at large, a $1 admission was too much of a discount for them to swallow. Councilmen Mark Werner and Keith Crofutt supported a $4 fee, but agreed to the $3 compromise suggested by Mayor John Coates.
In other business Monday, the council agreed to move forward with an application for federal funds to construct an 80x80 hangar at the Chadron Airport. The final cost of the project will be paid for on a cost-share basis with the Federal Aviation Administration, with the city picking up 10 percent. The application is for more than $1 million, with $921,200 of that coming from federal funds, though City Manager Greg Yanker said that estimate could be scaled down when bids come in. The city must have the design and bid phase completed by May 1 to meet the FAA timetables, and construction could begin later this year.