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Fort Macleod town council to review family swim pass fee

At the request of a Fort Macleod resident, town council will review the price of a family swimming pass.
That review won’t happen until next spring, however, and the current prices remain in place.
Christinna Dietrich wrote council to suggest a change to the $135 family pass for two adults and four children at the Fort Macleod outdoor pool.
“As we know our town is full of large families which consist of at least six kids,” Dietrich wrote. “That means they either have to pay every time they swim for the extra kids, buy individual passes or get a second family pass.”
Dietrich in her letter told council she has discussed the issue with others and they agree a pass should be for the entire family, no matter how large or small.
“It should be for the entire household,” Dietrich wrote. “Today most of these families are travelling to other towns to use their pools because it costs less. We need to keep our local families using our local facilities.”
Dietrich told council some families make their children take turns using the pool to avoid extra costs.
Dietrich also suggested council should pro-rate the cost of passes bought in August to reflect the shorter time period than if it was bought in July.
“Our community is growing by the year, but if you look it’s growing by families that have been here for decades and years,” Dietrich wrote. “As they grow and stay in Fort Macled we need to accommodate them so they continue to stay and enjoy what our town has to offer.”
The letter was on the agenda of council’s July 27 meeting at Fort Macleod RCMP Centennial Library.
The recommendation from administration was to leave the fees as they are this season and review them in the spring.
“We are in the middle of the season,” acting chief administrative officer Jill Henderson said. “Some families have already purchased their passes.”
Henderson also informed council that a review was done of “family” definitions used for pool passes in Taber, Coaldale, Cardston, Raymond, Lethbridge and Claresholm.
There is a variety of definitions, with the most common being a maximum of two adults and four children and a maximum of two adults with immediate family (siblings) regardless of number