Rental Fees at Enumclaw Aquatic Center Going Up

Increases are coming for some drop-in fees and pool rental fees to help cover increasing cost to operate the local pool.

If you're planning a party or other group activity at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center, know that rental fees are going up.

The Enumclaw City Council on Monday approved a resolution that outlined several changes to current fees at the local pool to cover increasing operating costs.

Community Development Director Erika Shook reported in her staff report that the costs are associated with increases in minimum wages as well as maintenance costs and benefits. The new fees cover the use of the new inflatable Wibit toy and party packages.

The pool continues to offer discounts for purchase of 10 visit cards, financial assistance for low income patrons and low prices on annual passes.

Some of the fee increases include:

Facility Fee/Aquatics Resident Fee Non-Resident Fee Pool rental - 25 or less $85 $105 Wibit toy rental per hour (entire toy) $65 $82 Public Swim/Lap Swim/Water Walking - adult $5/1 hour or 10-visit/$45 $6/1 hour or 10 visit/$55 1 hour Drop-in youth/senior water exercise $5 or 10 visit $45 $6 or 10 visit $55

View all the changes on the attached agenda packet, pages 65 to 68.

While pool fees went up, the same resolution also included the following changes in the Community Development Department:

  • A new $500 was included for a technical map amendment to the comprehensive plan map or zoning map. Shook said because this work required less staff time, the city opted to create a lower fee than the standard $3,000 fee that applies for any chance to the comp plan or zoning map.
  • The city clarified that outdoor holiday tree sales lots and fireworks stands could operate with existing general business license ($50) fee and the special license for fireworks stands ($100) rather than the $300 temporary use fee that currently exists.
  • The city clarified that the mobile home setting permit fee applies for both modular offices as well as mobile homes.

In Other News:

2013 Budget: The Council passed the 2013 budget upon second reading of the ordinance. View past discussion of the budget during four workshops this fall: Workshop 1 | Workshop 2 | Workshop 3 | Workshop 4

Fire District Interlocal Agreement: The Council passed a resolution establishing an interlocal agreement with King County Fire Protection District No. 28. The agreement was necessary, said Shook because the annexation that took place two years ago covered fire services for the city through 2012. An interlocal agreement, then, needed to be established beginnin 2013. The agreement is revenue-neutral for the city and maintains all existing services.

Natural Gas for Winter 2013-14: The Council agreed to authorize the Public Works Director to purchase up to 50 percent of the estimated need for natural gas for Nov. 2013 through March 2014 at a price no higher than $4.50/decatherm. Council recently approved a rate decrease for natural gas customers because of prudent tracking of natural gas prices.

Who's Second In Charge: Council approved the consent agenda making Councilman Sean Krebs the new Mayor Pro Tem.

Search on to Fill Seat: The city released an announcement last week indicating it was searching for someone to fill vacant position No. 3 following the unexpected death of Kevin Mahelona last month. Read the announcement here.

Signing Off: As this was the last regular meeting of the City Council this year, Mayor Liz Reynolds said, "I wish you all a very happy holiday season and best wishes on your travels... [to Council] Merry Christmas to all of you as well."


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