Rec board approves 2019 budget requests

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy Recreation Board approved the proposed 2019 budgets for the recreation department, TAP and Hobart Arena on Wednesday.

Board member Doug Jackson was not present.

City of Troy Recreation Department and Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler said revenue for the arena is hard to project due to the unknown number and quality of events to be scheduled in the first and last quarters of the year.

In 2017, Hobart Arena had a total revenue of $1.786 million, including a $500,000 re-appropriation from the city’s budget. Expenses in 2017 were $1.75 million. The arena has several concert events scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2018 that are not included in the revenue projection for 2018..

The Hobart Arena capital project priority list includes $41,000 for the third year of chair replacements; $12,200 for lighting, truss, fixtures and controls; $16,000 for a forklift replacement for the purchase of a a used forklift; $35,000 to replace a generator that is 30 years old; $3,000 for a computer replacement; and $11,500 for a refrigeration system heat exchanger seal replacement, to replace one that was installed 13 years ago.

Siler said overtime for employees has been reduced due to the increase in staffing. The arena is supported by an annual re-appropriation from the general fund. Last council meeting, council approved a $450,000 re-appropriation for the arena to help cover costs for the current fiscal year.

Siler said departments will begin to meet with city staff to review budgets next month with a presentation to council in November.

Troy Aquatic Park “breaks even” in 2018

The Troy Recreation Board approved to keep the Troy Aquatic Pool daily admission and season pass rates the same as 2018 season on Wednesday.

At its monthly meeting, assistant recreation department director Carrie Slater reported the TAP had a successful season.

The TAP sold a record 556 season memberships, the highest to date of the 14-year-old facility. Slater reported the pool had a net profit of $64,950 and should “break even” after expenses to replace equipment in the 2019 budget. Requests for equipment for the TAP include a new lifeguard chair, concession equipment, one “Sunbrella,” play feature parts and one laptop. The estimated cost for those requests is $18,400. Other budget item requests include CPR training supplies, 911 phone repair, replacement signs for slides, microphone replacement, flooring in office, guard room and first aid room replacement, tile repair and other routine repairs for a total of $22,500.

Slater noted the TAP has not had to request additional funding from the city’s general fund since it opened 14 years ago.

The pool did not report any injuries and recorded 47 saves during the season. The pool closed all day for six days due to weather and was open 93 days. Slater said the TAP’s lifeguard staff was young, but fully staffed throughout the season. Many of the lifeguards were recruited through the Y organization.

By Melanie Yingst