LOGAN — Logan City Council members discussed the Logan Family Aquatic Center’s notable success this season, during council’s Tuesday night meeting at the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce.

The aquatic center, 470 N. Market St., opened Memorial Day weekend and has evidently been busy ever since.

“The kids are lined up there every day,” Councilwoman Shirley Chapman, 2nd Ward, remarked.

The pool is also fully booked for weekend parties, Councilman and Chairperson of the Recreation Committee James Martin, At Large, said. Martin also said the pool’s admission prices, while competitive, are accessible — something that is a priority and possibly responsible for the pool’s success this year.

Admission for city residents ages 4–17 is $4, non-resident children $5; for city residents ages 18–59, $5, non-resident adults $6; for city seniors ages 60 and older, $4, non-resident seniors $5.

Mayor Fraunfelter commented that Pool Manager Michele Maniskas told him that the amount of money the pool made in June exceeded the previous four years’ entire summers.

City Auditor Christopher Robers confirmed this; in 2019, the pool’s total revenue was around $46,000; in June 2021 alone, it raked in around $60,000, he said.

Robers added that though he hasn’t run all the numbers, it is likely that the city will make a profit off the pool — a remarkable feat, as public pools are notorious “money guzzlers,” as the Athens News described them in March of this year.

In an interview Tuesday Maniskas told the Logan Daily News that the pool has had “amazing” attendance throughout the summer.

The Athens News, as well as Spectrum News, have reported that pool staffing has been an issue for many municipal pools this summer across the country; however, Logan’s city pool is doing very well in that respect, too.

“We’ve had a wonderful staff this year,” Maniskas said. “We have had no problems, plenty of lifeguards and staff. We’ve been very fortunate.”

Maniskas said the last two weeks of the season may be difficult, however, as all of the staff members play a sport.

There is one more free public pool party slated before the summer ends, Maniskas added. The party, thanks to a private benefactor, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 11 from 7–9 p.m.

Mayor Fraunfelter also updated council last night on the status of Logan’s proposed Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA.

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, a DORA is “nothing more than a specified area of land that a local legislative authority has designated as exempt from certain open container provisions.”

The Logan Daily News previously reported that Logan’s DORA ordinance was set to go in this week’s City Council agenda; however, as it is still in need of a map, it has been delayed, the Mayor said.

Logan’s proposed DORA would be in effect on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and during permitted special events, and run from the centerline of Walnut Street to the center line of High Street, and the centerline of Second Street to the centerline of Hunter Street.

There were no items up for emergency or first reading. Two ordinances passed on third reading:

  • Ordinance No. 45, 2021, which appropriates $11,000 from unappropriated money in the general fund
  • Ordinance No. 46, 2021, which appropriates $25,00 from unappropriated money in the water fund

Two items were read on seconding reading:

  • Ordinance No. 44, 2021, twice-amended, adopts section 153.09, “Vacant Buildings” and section 153.10 “Foreclosed Properties and Buildings” to chapter 153, existing structures code of the city of Logan Code of Ordinances
  • Ordinance No. 47, 2021, which creates a new line item within the water fund and appropriates $130,000 from unappropriated money in the water fund to the newly created line item

The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 10 S. Mulberry St. Meetings are open to the public.

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