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Budget and Finance Committee Meeting on Monday

An agenda will be finalized Friday afternoon.

The Budget and Finance Committee of the Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at the municipal building.

The committee might discuss a possible rate increase for members of the Community and Recreation Center, among other 2013 budget topics, although an agenda has not been finalized.

The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at a later date to decide if they will recommend to the commissioners a rate increase for C&RC members, according to township Manager Matthew Serakowski.

Monday's meeting is public. The agenda will be available in the library before Monday.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 8:45 a.m.

Sue Murphy January 24, 2013 at 03:19 PM
My understanding is that there is a surplus of funds from the C & RC. what do they need to raise rates for?!!
Lynne Bateson January 24, 2013 at 04:32 PM
If the rates keep going up every year, soon everyone will be members at LA Fitness and the only memberships they will be selling are pool memberships. We already have to pay extra for classes that are included in many local memberships rates. Instead of talking about raising the rates, how about they audit themselves and see if they are running as efficiently as possible.
B January 24, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Didn't you get the memo? They don't do split memberships anymore. Just another way to force money out of people. I have never ever used the pool, I use the fitness facilities only. If it weren't for the fact that the CRC is the most convenient gym to me, I would have cancelled my membership. I am almost inclined to attend this meeting. I want to see what the increased costs are given there has been membership growth. What is the marginal profit for each new family joining? They have to have exceeded their fixed costs now and each new member is (almost) pure profit. I wonder if the records are available through the PA Open Government Act.
sueusc January 24, 2013 at 05:41 PM
If they are going to raise rates at least listen to what the members are asking for and open earlier on Sunday's and holidays. Also, they are offering spifs for binging in new members. I brought a new family in and they joined in November. I have yet to receive my measly guest passes. What a sacrifice for them.
Ronbarb January 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Sometimes I am afraid to admit I live here. I don't think they have have raised fees in several years(and they probably don't need to do so), my family only uses the gym and pool so based on Bryan's logic we should not have to pay for fitness. The entire community has benefited from that place.The classes we have participated in have been top notch and the rates are affordable for what you get. You are the same people that will complain if something needs repaired or you want a new machine or something. Aren't you the same people that complained that it was going to fail? Now your upset because it is succeeding. Have you ever lived anywhere else? That place has brought my family together and we have met so many other families that enjoy it. Take a look in the mirror - pleeease! This place is the least of our worries. Dig into the School District. Now that is the real issue.
B January 24, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Ronbarb, the reason I bring up the segregated membership is because the CRC DID offer that membership originally but then decided to just have 1 type of membership. I think it is a great place but I know from firsthand experience that they have some issues with finances there.
Mark Reynolds January 24, 2013 at 07:09 PM
To me the biggest problem with the CRC is not the price, which is comparable to other facilities of its kind. Instead, I think their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. On numerous occasions I have been treated rudely and abruptly by those in charge. When I took my complaints to a person in a position of power I was told perhaps the CRC was not for me.
rob johns January 24, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Honestly, I can't believe how lucky we are in USC to have this place. It is unbelievable. I do sometimes see people expect private club services and they forget it is a public building. The service for me has beeter than I have received at the nearby CC the few times I have been there. It was explained to me that the more nonresidents that join decrease the burden to us USC taxpayers. Makes perfect logic to me. I am not sure what facilities Mark is using to compare but I am one that has not seen a facility or general operation like this in any nearby community whatsoever. Peters, Mt. Lebo or Bethel Community Centers? Seriously?That other place in Bethel is a private club and they don't want families just like an adult fitness place. No comparison. I grew up in NY and my family went to a Y. Our Y could not compare to this and when I go home is is still less than stellar and their fees are even more then the REC. I am with Ronbarb. We have got something special here. I bet Sunday mornings are generally low usage and many families go to church anyway.
rob johns January 24, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Bill - I think we agree on almost everything. I am not sure that the REC is a health club? I think wellness is a component but it is really a public facility(I don't believe Peters or Bethel Public Centers are open Sunday mornings and I know the Y my family came from in NY was not even open on Sunday). If we had like public centers in the area you could use that info. Oh and I think the elected people in office decide to raise the rates. Is that correct?
Gail January 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Bill - I think we only see what we want to see. I don't use the fitness area at all. We all use the pool in the summer, my husband/son shoot baskets and my daughter and I use the fun pool. My daughter is going to spelling bee practice at the center tonight. I don't think a health club would ever offer that kind of activity, and now that I think about it - fitness clubs do not have out door pool. I certainly don't need sunday mornings to work out, that is our family time and I appreciate USC's decision, (do they offer sports program like football/basketball on sunday mornings?) besides if it opens more hours that ill cause our rates to increase and I don't want to subsidize sunday morning fitness. We all use it for different things.
USC mom January 25, 2013 at 12:47 AM
We started our membership the week the new CRC opened and have seen the cost raised twice already as well as our taxes hiked to pay for the CRC. They are going to price the families right out of the CRC if it continues to go up.
Duke January 25, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I am tired of hearing how the entire community has benefited from the C&RC. Unless you are a member you derive no benefit from it but you still have to pay additional property taxes to sustain it. Instead of the membership rates being increased they should be cut in half which would increase the membership rolls and enable all the residents to benefit from it!

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