July 24, 2016

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Brunswick rec center could add perks to raise money

BRUNSWICK — City Council is considering adding a premium “Gold-level” membership to the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center.

The Gold-level membership, which would cost an additional $25 per year on top of the regular membership fee, would earn discounts from local businesses, the snack bar, and free admission to community center events.

“They would get a gift card to our snack shack, offers from local businesses and free events at the rec center that would cost $2 or $3 for non-Gold members,” Parks and Recreation Director John Piepsny said.

Regular membership fees for individual city residents are $120 a year for seniors and youngsters, ages 3 to 15, and $253 for adults, 16 to 59.

Memberships for families living in the city are $330 for single parents and $423 for couples and their children.

Fees for non-city residents are higher.

Piepsny discussed the proposal at a meeting of Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee on Monday night.

He said the new membership option would generate more revenue for the recreation center, which is financed mainly through membership and program fees.

“Most recreation centers are subsidized through taxes. We are not,” he said.

Piepsny also suggested Council consider including a full-time maintenance supervisor for the center in the 2014 budget.

Piepsny said the job was eliminated in 2006, along with all but one full-time position at the center.

Tony Stuypa, who does part-time maintenance at the recreation center, told Council he is limited in what he can do working only 28 hours per week.

“If something goes wrong on an evening or a weekend after that 28 hours, it causes problems for us,” Piepsny said.

He said the center has been forced to call outside companies to complete the work, and the bills can be as much as $600 and $800 each for work that would be routine for Stuypa.

Piepsny estimated it would cost about $31,000 in additional salary and benefits to make Stuypa’s post full time. But he said the city would save much more than that by not calling in outside companies.

Council members said they would consider the request as plan the 2014 budget.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.