County Manager Jerry Cooper made the request to approve deals with Chattahoochee Gold Swimming, Stingrays Swimming and the Marietta Marlins. The organizations each have different teams separated by age group and compete in the USS swimming leagues, Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency Director Bryan Reynolds said Wednesday.
Chattahoochee Gold is the largest group with about 500 swimmers signed on and, consequently, comes in as the organization with the highest bill, which will give the aquatic center’s operations fund about $113,000, Reynolds said. Stingrays Swimming and the Marietta Marlins are being charged about $64,000 and $75,000 per year respectively, he said.
Each of the agreements is for 15 months, Reynolds said. That covers the 2014 fiscal year and the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year.
Chattahoochee Gold is also the only of the swimming groups based in Cherokee County.
But Reynolds said this doesn’t mean the center’s pool will be flooded with out-of-towners, as swimmers in these groups typically practice in whichever county they live in and not as a whole.
“Kids in Forsyth practice in Forsyth. Kids in Cherokee practice in Cherokee,” he said.
An added security as part of the agreements with the organizations, Reynolds said his department requested rosters from each group of the swimmers coming to use their center and where they’re from.
Based on the rosters, Reynolds said “They’ll be primarily Cherokee County kids.”
After the vote at Tuesday’s meeting which approved the three agreements, bringing years of planning for the much-anticipated center to fruition, Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens was pleased with the results.
“It’s getting real,” he said.