Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Trending on the Journal

Recent Comments

qcity05 - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
8 million dollars in over run cost is built into the 89 million. That was discussed at the meeting too. So, really it's 81 million. If it's under, it's under, but it won't go over. I disagree that the new schools won't last as long. Architects are committed to building quality structures, not like Ellington and Monroe which were designed to be temporary, both of which are almost…
Hinkdad - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
By your own logic, would a positive effect on the teachers not have a positive effect on the students? It's all cause and effect and Newton's 3rd law. I could quote and reference many sources which could then be rebutted by your own, I'll leave the Googling up to you, I have better ways to spend my time. Something we all seem to agree on is that there is an issue and the current structure…
CoolEdge - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Perhaps UKWP is trying to equate military service with "on the teat" teaching jobs. Of course there are many big differences, especially for military that are deployed, which is part of the job. There are indeed many public school teachers that see their unionized, teaching monopoly, "part time" job as a public service that demands the same respect as our military. Not many retire with PTSD, or…
db1998 - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
how do i get a sign for my yard?
qfingers - REBEL MEDIA: So I have a sign in my yard - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
And you're making the opposite mistake....saying that each thing, when added together, becomes a total justification. That's not how you justify expenditures. You have to make the case for EACH item in it's own right. And you do that compared to what it would cost to fix it in place...assuming you do have to fix it...which apparently we don't...because it hasn't been done.…

Most Popular

Authorities make meth bust on Madison

Chief Copley on Fox News

City of Quincy considering health clinic for employees

Adams Co. Divorces for 10/17

Nursing unions call for better Ebola preparedness

School Board to outline plans for savings, old buildings if referendum passes

Quincy Park District tumbling program provides children intro to gymnastics

Tournear Promoted to JWCC Nursing Admin Chair

Losses have Park District rethinking pool's future

Losses have Park District rethinking pool's future

2 years ago by Jamie Busen

Wavering Aquatic Center has lost $55,000 over the last two years

Quincy Park District officials are calling the latest summer swimming season a gamechanger regarding the future of Wavering Aquatic Center.

This year, Wavering lost $35,102 as attendance dropped by about 5,000. Last year, the pool lost more than $20,000.

During Wednesday night's Board meeting, Commissioners decided to hold off on including money for engineering work in the new fiscal year budget which begins in January. At their August retreat meeting, the Board had planned to insert $65,000 to cover - or at least start - the design work for a new pool.

But Park Board President John Frankenhoff said the season figures show that "we need to re-evaluate our position and our plans. There are things in Quincy that have changed."

Those changes include more options for would-be swimmers. The Kroc Center had its first full summer season, and Sheridan Swim Club went through major renovations and "aggressively sought people to come to their facility," said Frankenoff, who said it’s understandable those groups would market their facilities.

"The general position of the Park District is, we don't want to compete with other facilities here in town, that's not generally what we do," he said. "Our idea is, we want to provide recreational activities. If other people are doing that, we can step back and focus on other areas. If that means we would only operate one pool down the road as Wavering reaches its end of life, so be it. I don't think that's a bad thing, so long as the community’s needs are being met."

The Salvation Army's Major Dan Jennings said: "The Kroc Center has added more choices for Quincy and the surrounding community. We are one of only a couple of dozen communities to receive the opportunity to receive such an unprecedented facility.

There will, obviously, be some overlap of activities and programs in our community that will be offered at the Kroc Center and other organizations. However at the end of the day, the positives that the Kroc Center brings far outweigh any challenges that arise from its being opened in Quincy. We are hopeful that the Park District pools will continue to thrive and that our community will be able to enjoy them for many years to come. We are also hopeful that people will continue to enjoy the programs and venues at the Kroc Center."

Frankenhoff said the Board will wait another year to initiate design work for Wavering and have another summer to evaluate the numbers of people coming to the pool. He expects a decision will be made next fall.

"I think it was a good idea to delay spending that money until we know more," he said. "The whole picture of Quincy has changed and we can't ignore that."

Repairs at Wavering - which is more than 32 years old - are becoming more frequent as equipment wears out.

"It's going to get to a certain point that it's not going to be feasible to repair it," Frankenhoff said. "That could be two more summers, it could be five more summers. It's hard to predict - but at a certain point, why put a lot of money into a facility ... tax payers shouldn't have to support it if it's losing a lot of money."

Most years, the pools don't break even. In 2009, WAC lost $11,500. The following year, that number was less than $200. But the loss is rising. Combined with Indian Mounds, the two lost more than $63,000 - that's more than $25,000 higher than the previous year.

"We'd always accepted that as the nature of the situation ... most of our programs and facilities do that. We don't make money at our facilities," Frankenhoff said. "But when the amount we are losing starts to increase, now that changes the picture."

Taxpayers make up that difference and a small loss, Frankenhoff said, is expected and acceptable. But there comes a point where the cost is just too high.

"That's why we are re-evaluating," he said.

Options could include closing Wavering and focusing on more improvements/additions to Indian Mounds Pool.

Park District Executive Director Ed Seger said they've discovered the District's pools right now are "in a state of flux." He said next year, they would aggressively market the District pools and make changes such as offering special passes or 2 for 1 days.

"We are going to try to market the pools and make it the best year we can possibly have," Seger said. "We need to know if we are stable, to see whether we can increase or if this is as good as it's ever going to get."


From the Newsroom

Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 2 hours, 41 minutes ago

RT @phil_rosenthal: Chicago media story of the year MT @RobertFeder Tribune Publishing buying all Sun-Times suburban newspapers: http://t.c…
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 3 hours, 4 minutes ago

@MaggieStrong @mooreforquincy I've seen your budget. It could fit. :)
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 3 hours, 18 minutes ago

RT @brianstelter: Why @Dish subscribers can't see @CNN today: http://t.co/mdobOr0mwp