Orange Council OKs YMCA’s use of natatorium
Warmer weather is on its way, and with that, swimming season.
The Orange City Council, likewise, in anticipation approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with the YMCA of Southeast Texas for the use of the Orange Municipal Natatorium on 14th Street and Orange Avenue.
The YMCA’s lease will consist of swimming classes and water safety classes from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday (Fridays would be reserved for make-ups) of each week (possible five two-week sessions). The sessions would start June 9-20, June 23-July 4, July 14-25, July 28-August 8 and August 11-22. Future dates may be added as needed.
The cost will be $10 per session, paid by the YMCA to the city of Orange for using the natatorium.
City Manager Shawn Oubre reported the city has contracted with the YMCA for its swimming lessons the past two years.
Councilwoman, Essie Bellfield asked if any repairs have been made to the natatorium since the council last received a report.
Oubre said $20,000 has been spent painting the interior and making repairs, including the showers area, last year.
Jim Wolf, public works directors, also reported the city is advertising for contract bids for additional painting.
Oubre said one issue is there is not a large selection of lifeguards to staff the natatorium at the current time. The YMCA will handle all of the staffing needs.
Oubre also asked the council if they would like to raise fees to use the natatorium. All said they wanted to leave the fees at the same price.
“We’re not making money on the pool anyway,” said Councilman Tommy Ferguson.
The council also approved a change order with APAC-Texas Inc. to include W. Cherry Street for street improvements. Wolf said W. Cherry Street will be paved with asphalt, curb to curb, form 2nd Street to 10th Street.
The project is for $95,000 and is funded under the Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery Program Round 2.1. The city received $6.4 million in that round of funding in which $5 million was used for work on Cooper’s Gully.
RV owners may now have to park in the side and rear setbacks of their property and require the RV be parked on a hard surface or compactible road based material after the first reading of an amendment was passed.
This amendment also restricts parking of RVs in commercial districts and prohibits the use of an RV for living purposes on vacant lots. Jimmie Lewis, director of planning and community development, said the planning and zoning committee approved the measure at their meeting last week to park RVs in a safer and in a better manner than before.
Councilman Bill Mello asked if this amendment could be bypassed in cases of emergencies such as after a hurricane. Lewis said that could be an exception.
Also approved was the first reading of an ordinance requiring driveways from parking lots to be 20 feet from the nearest intersection for safety reasons.
Lewis said this would allow for at least two car lengths from the stop light or stop sign and prevent access problems onto the street. It would also offer better access to and from existing parking lots.
Lastly, the council approved $3 million in General Obligation Refunding Bonds for refunding certain outstanding water and sewer system revenue bond of the city from 2007.