TROY — The city of Troy’s recreation board reviewed the Troy Aquatic Park, Hobart Arena and the recreation departments’ 2018 annual budget and requests at its Wednesday meeting.
The board approved for staff to seek to fill one full-time operator position for Hobart Arena operations staff. The position has been vacant since a retirement in September 2008. It remained unfilled due to the recession. Earlier this month, Hobart Arena filled a facility operator position bringing the total number of full-time staff up to four full-time staff members.
Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler listed several reasons the position needed filled due to the arena’s expanded schedule and increase of total square footage by nearly 50 percent. The position also will assist the assistant director at the Troy Aquatic Park and summer concert events at Treasure Island. Other positions have also had to fill in responsibilities of the vacancy during large scale events with set-up and tear down outside of their normal duties. To help off set the cost of the position’s salary, Siler noted the Bravo Room should bring in approximately $35,000 in rental revenue as well as advertising at the arena of around $13,000.
During the Hobart Arena report, Siler said the 2018 year will be filled with many returning events with plans to fill the Bravo Room with rentals as well as the arena with a variety of shows.
“Our calendar for the remainder of 2017 is pretty much solidified with the exception of maybe one or two events,” Siler said.
Siler said staff is working on 2018 events for the first quarter of the year.
Mother Nature was a force to be reckoned with this summer as the Troy Aquatic Park’s end of the season report shows a break-even year for the facility.
Siler said the pool was open 90 days through the season with 11 days of rain-outs closing the pool early or six rain outs for the whole day.
The TAP did have a record year in season pass sales with 550 passes sold, the most ever in its 12 years of operation. The number increased in the family pass area from 293 in 2016 to 317 in 2017. Daily admission was also up over all compared in the last several years. The TAP will also continue to hold its annual rate reduction promotional season starting on Dec. 1.
The board also approved additional language regarding the TAP rules including lost or unsupervised children. The rule now states: Any child found to be separated from his/her parent or guardian and found by TAP staff will be reunited with his/her parent or guardian as quickly as possible. At that time, the parent will be notified that should the child be found to be unsupervised again throughout the day, they will be asked to leave for the day. This will be documented on a patron misconduct form. Should repeat violations happen from the same family, they will be subject to permanent ban from the facility for the remainder of the season.
The TAP’s policy for closing for inclement weather also was clarified to state if thunder or lightening is noticed, the pool will be evacuated for 30 minutes. If lightening or thunder occurs again, the 30 minute time limit resets.
In other news:
The board approved the Hobart Arena Sponsorship options for its concession areas, corridor and new marquee signs.
The board approved the T.L. Baseball Boosters Inc.’s contract for Duke Park concessions for 2018.
The board approved changes to the Troy Recreation Department’s Youth Hockey Program by-laws and constitution.
The board also reviewed two separate issues regarding two youth hockey participants who no longer wished to play this season. The issue regarded the youth league’s refund policy which is clearly stated during the sign-ups and the money is to be forfeited. Siler said there were no other extenuating circumstances in the two issues to warrant a refund review other than the children no longer wished to play.
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