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Posted: Monday, October 8th 2012 at 9:55pm

Oakwood plans to raise millage rate and a 'bubble'

By Marc Eggers Staff
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Ivan Altuzar
OAKWOOD – Oakwood residents could see two things going up in their city very shortly: millage rates and a "bubble" to cover the city’s swimming pool, allowing the facility to be open twelve months a year.

At Monday night’s city council meeting the first reading of an ordinance was unanimously approved calling for a millage rate roll up. The new rate, if approved, will be set at 2.658 mils, a roll up from 2.4 mils.

That equates to $2.658 of ad valorem tax per $1000 of appraised property value.

Before final approval of that ordinance there will be one more public reading; that reading is scheduled for next Monday, October 15th, and includes a time for public comment. The meeting begins at 4:00p.m. in the Oakwood City Hall.

If residents have comments on the roll up that meeting “would be a good time for them to be here,” said Stan Brown, Oakwood City Manager.

Also going up soon could be a "bubble" encapsulating the city swimming pool and allowing the facility to be open year round.

That news was brought before the Council by Rich Gallagher, CEO and President of the Georgia Mountains YMCA, and Ivan Altuzar, Executive Director of the Oakwood Family YMCA.

The YMCA has run the city’s swimming pool operation for several years and in September 2011 entered into an agreement with the city to expand their presence by offering a variety of fitness programs at the community center on Railroad Street.

"We see around forty kids every day," Altuzar said concerning use of the pool, "and we want to increase the presence of the YMCA in the south Hall area."

The pool would be heated during the winter months and the "bubble" would be removed once the warm summer weather returned according to Gallagher.

"We have around forty to fifty swimmers from the Lanier Aquatics (a swim team) that would swim at it now," Gallagher said.

"They are actually the ones that are wanting to donate the ‘bubble' portion of it," Gallagher added. "They are looking for more places to swim."

"West Hall Middle School actually has already contacted us; they are looking to start a swim team," Altuzar said. "They asked us to keep them in the loop."

When asked when the "bubble" could be in place, Brown said, "There’s work underway to try to see if they could pull it off for this winter."

"That’s why we have not winterized the pool yet; we’ve kept the pool with chemicals…it’s in operating condition. It would be a matter of a few days."

Mayor Lamar Scroggs liked the idea but had one caveat: "If it’ll just pay for itself…and we don’t have to burden the taxpayer with it."

"That is certainly our goal," Gallagher responded. "We’ll try to get that data to you as fast as possible."

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