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TWINSBURG — City Council unanimously approved a new fee schedule for the Fitness Center and Aquatic Center for 2017 at its Feb. 28 meeting.
Two major changes from previous years include more fee options, and a bundling plan which will allow individuals and families an option to purchase a Fitness Center membership and a membership to the Water Park at a discount.
"I think it's advantageous to do this," said Derek Schroeder, parks and recreation director. "The fitness center now has a pool attached to it."
Schroeder added that the bundle option could be a boon for the city, given the closure of the pool in Twinsburg Township and the closure of Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora. While he didn't expect a large surge in memberships, Schroeder said he wouldn't be surprised if there was an increase in memberships to both facilities, particularly outside of the city.
Under the new, finalized rates, a city resident will pay $276 for an annual pass to the Fitness Center. A family of two would pay $348 annually; a family of three $432 and a family of four $504. Each additional family member would be $84. Seniors living in the city would pay $252 annually, and a senior couple would pay $324.
Previously, individual annual memberships were $251; this is the first time a breakdown by the number of family members has been provided. The previous fee for a single senior was $226; the senior couple rate is new.
Village and township residents would pay $360 annually, compared to $335 previously. A family of two would pay $456, a family of three $540 and a family of four $636 annually. Additional family members would be $96 per year. Individual seniors would pay $336 per year, and a senior couple would pay $420. Previously, a senior would pay $308.
Those qualifying for the "Senior Plus" rate would pay $180. To qualify for Senior Plus, a person must be at least 65 years old; a resident of the city, township or Reminderville; and have an annual total household income of less than $32,000. Previously, this rate was $161.
Memberships for both the Fitness Center and the outdoor Water Park for city residents are $327 for individuals, $439 for a family of two, $551 for a family of three, and $644 for a family of four. Additional family members would be $108. Individual seniors would be $287, and a senior couple would be $384.
For village and township residents, individuals would pay $425 per year, a family of two would pay $579, a family of three $692 and a family of four $812. Additional family members would cost $132 per person. An individual senior would be $386 and a senior couple $510.
Call the Fitness Center at 330-405-5757 for details.
Abatement approved for Twinsburg business
City Council also unanimously approved a 50 percent community reinvestment area tax abatement for GED Integrated Solutions Inc.
Larry Finch, director of planning and community development, said that GED Integrated Solutions was "a longtime Twinsburg development" that recently found itself having to relocate when it couldn't renew its lease at its previous location on Dutton Drive. Finch said that the company was looking at several locations, including outside of the city, before settling on another location on Dutton Drive.
"It's important for us to take care of this kind of industry," Finch said.
Mayor Ted Yates said that GED has been in Twinsburg for 35 years.
In the agreement, the company will construct a 132,000 square foot building on Dutton Drive. The business currently has 115 full-time employees, with more than $7 million total payroll. In addition, the company plans to add three to six additional employees in the next three years, adding about $250,000 in payroll.
The cost for constructing a new building is around $11 million, and construction is scheduled to begin this month, according to the contract.
The abatement would last for 12 years, according to the contract. Finch said the business would save about $102,000 per year, Finch said.
Finch said the Twinsburg schools and Cuyahoga Valley Career Center were notified.
Moratorium set on medical marijuana permits
Twinsburg City Council agreed to put a six-month moratorium on potential occupancy permits that would allow permit holders to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Yates said that several communities were doing this, and that he thought it would be wise to see what the state would do regarding the issue. The mayor added that he wasn't aware of any pending applications, nor has he been approached about the issue.