At a special meeting Monday night, Warren City Council unanimously approved having the Warren YMCA manage the city pool for the summer and beyond.
The agreement is good through Sept. 30, 2016 and puts the YMCA in charge of operating the pool through the summer, opening no later than the Monday after the end of the Warren County School District's school year (June 16) and closing on the Saturday prior to the start of the next school year.
Weather permitting, the pool will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. seven days per week including holidays.
Both the city and the YMCA will sell pool passes until the pool opens for the season when the only the YMCA will sell passes. Admission costs the same for YMCA members and non-members and membership is not required to use the pool.
The YMCA will hire, train, schedule, and supervise the staff, provide liability insurance of at least $3 million, enforce pool policies, keep the complex clean, and forward all gate receipts to the city.
In exchange, the city will pay a management fee of $2,500 per month to the YMCA for May, June, July, and August, "pay for all costs and expenses incurred in connection with the operation of the pool complex" including reimbursing all payroll "costs and expenses for non-administrative employees who work at the pool."
The city will pay $5,000 each month in advance.
According to City Manager Nancy Freenock at last week's regular council meeting, labor costs "were close to or exceeded $40,000."
There was no discussion of the contract during Monday's meeting.
The agreement may be terminated by either party during the off-season.
One of the changes approved Monday to a prior proposal was the addition of terminology allowing the city to terminate the agreement in mid-season, if "the YMCA fails to abide by any of the rules, regulations and policies established by the city with regard to the pool complex." The contract gives the YMCA 10 days to "cure the failure."