Board OKs deals with three teams for aquatic center
by Joshua Sharpe
April 03, 2013 11:22 PM | 2092 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Just a week and a half after the Cherokee County Aquatic Center’s 50-meter competition swimming pool was filled with its first few hundred thousand gallons of water, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in its meeting Tuesday to approve agreements with three area competitive swimming organizations to use the pool for practice sessions.

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.
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Holy Moly
April 04, 2013
Cherokee County taxpayers approved and guaranteed these bonds. If this enterprise fails to make money because of interest and operating costs outdistancing predicted revenues we all lose and have been duped by the BOC. At present less than 1/3 of those committed swim teams are natives of Cherokee. From the get go, things need to get better. But, former commissioner Hubbard has been quoted as saying that Mr. Cooper is a master of moving money around. We hope that wont be necessary. We anxiously await the ribbon cutting complete with bronze plaques and perhaps brass bands. We also anticipate the monthly profit reports that will offset this staggering debt. A government that actually has a profit making asset would be welcome. It would serve as a model for generations to come.
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