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March 13, 2012

Park fees discussed at city council work session

City council discusses old and new fees

CHICKASHA —  

Clarification: Gate fees discussed were for the lake, NOT for entrance to Shannon Springs Park, according to Wayne Burns, Parks and Recreation director.

The Chickasha City Council discussed the possibility of increasing or modifying some current city park fees, as well as adding new ones during a work session Monday night.

Parks and Recreation director Wayne Burns spoke to the council about the potential benefits of implementing fees at the lake, such as gate fees similar to that of state or national parks.

Admission fees for the Sports Complex were also discussed, as a way to ensure that the complex is kept up and that subsidies on the complex can be reduced.

The council also discussed improvements and clarifications that could be made to the Central Business District Historic Building Restoration and Improvement Grant Program.

Some council members expressed concerns about what exactly was included in the program, saying that some parts of it need to be more specific.

City manager Stewart Fairburn said that the city should be more aggressive in reaching out to the owners of buildings that have been identified as historically or architecturally significant.

Loretta Jackson made a presentation to the council on behalf of the African American Historical Society, summarizing the history of the Verden Separate School and presenting the media and tourist attention it has gotten.

Jackson asked the council for a letter of support of the restoration project of the school, and also for any grant support the city can provide.

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