Monticello Community Center hours of operation change OK’d

The Monticello Community Center will be open two hours earlier on Sundays.
The operating hours change approved by city leaders became effective May 1.
Community Center Director Kitty Baltos provided background about the change in an April 22 background memo. Baltos said community center staff have had a number of requests to consider opening earlier than 9 a.m. on Sundays.
“We felt that this was a very reasonable request so the MCC Advisory Board reviewed the request at their last meeting and felt strongly that this was a good adjustment to make and wanted to do it quickly,” Baltos stated.
The recommendation from the advisory board was to open the facility at 7 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. on Sundays only,” Baltos said. “We will keep our current closing time of 9 p.m. until we change to our seasonal hours after Memorial Day. The goal is to be open 12 hours during our regular hours as we currently are; this would be a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. schedule,” Baltos reported, adding: “We will do unguarded adult lap swim from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. so we won’t have to schedule a lifeguard with this change.” Open swim would begin as normal at 9 a.m.
The advisory board also recommended the seasonal hours for Sundays change to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., instead of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We will be reviewing the usage between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to adjust to seasonal hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting in 2014,” Baltos wrote.
The MCC Advisory Board requested the council consider action to make the new start time effective May 1. Eight additional front desk hours will be added on Sundays through May, until the MCC’s seasonal hours begin.
“We would also have one additional hour each week of the summer between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. so the total cost of this change for the year would be less than $350,” Baltos stated.
However, center staff is keeping in mind an ultimate operating goal of covering 85 percent of expenses.
“We know that the new time will be attractive to guests and members and we will see an increase in both daily fee users and memberships. One new membership covers this annual cost,” Baltos said. Council members unanimously approved the request.

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