Marysville City Council provided some additional incentives for people to buy municipal pool passes at its Feb. 25 meeting.

Marysville City Council provided some additional incentives for people to buy municipal pool passes at its Feb. 25 meeting.

While the city earlier this year raised its rates for family passes to the pool, council voted to allow those who work in Marysville but don't live in town to benefit from the same price. Non-residents currently pay a higher rate.

Last November, city officials outlined several cutbacks in this year's budget, including the closing of Marysville's municipal pool. To stop that from happening, city staff and a volunteer group, the Friends of the Pool, are trying to raise money for the pool's operation.

Language passed by the council earlier this year states that there must be $100,000 in the municipal pool account prior to April 30 in order for the pool to open.

While the fees for a resident family pass have been raised from $115 to $172.50, council voted last week to extend that discounted rate to people working within the city. The cost otherwise for a non-resident to buy a pool membership is $258.75, according to mayor Chris Schmenk.

Council member Dan Fogt asked during the meeting how someone's work status would be verified before they receive their pool pass.

"I wouldn't want a teenager to have to make that decision at the gate," he said.

City administrator Jillian Froment said the passes will need to be purchased beforehand. "Before we issue the pass they will need to present the city with a pay stub, and then we will be able to check the utility bills of that company (to ensure they are within Marysville)," Froment said.

The city has identified other ways to raise money for the pool this year. Parks and recreation superintendent Steve Conley told ThisWeek that pool registration will soon be available on Marysville's Web site, and that the city has also set up a fund through the Union County Foundation where those wanting to lend a hand can make a tax deductible contribution to the pool.

Council member Mark Reams said that he was worried about putting a hard deadline on the pool.

"I'm concerned about the $100,000 threshold," Reams said. "We've had the theater close, the skating palace has closedÉ my son keeps telling me that there's nothing to do in town. We've got to have something for the kids to do, and if we're getting close (to the $100,000) mark, I don't want it to be an automatic cut off."

"We will be flexible with that figure," Schmenk said.

More information on the city's fundraising efforts can be found on the Web at www.unioncountyfoundation.org, or by e-mailing Conley at sconley@ marysvilleohio.org.