City considers pool user fees for 2013

NORWICH – This summer, city officials will take the first steps of a long research process that will sway their decision regarding a potential user fee at Kurt Beyer Pool.

Council members are currently discussing the possibility of an individual user fee or a season-long membership fee for residents who use the pool, which would help offset future maintenance and repair costs. According to Bob Mason, coordinator for the Norwich Youth Bureau, no fees will be implemented this year. However, this year will begin investigation of possible charges in the 2013 swim season.

“Basically, we’re in the research process and then we’ll take a look to see how it might work,” said City Mayor Joseph Maiurano. “Once we get through the research process and have some facts, that’s how we’ll make our decision.”

Research will be collected directly from people who use the pool this summer, Mason explained. A survey of swimmers will give city officials a better understanding of how many people use the pool, how often they use it, and whether they are a resident of the city or a nearby township – all factors that will determine the potential of a user fee next year.

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