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Genoa Village Council is considering hiking quarry fees for out of town passes.

Parks Director Mike Thomas reported at a park advisory board meeting in September that revenue and attendance were both up this summer.

He then asked members to consider looking into upping the cost for out of town users, according to the committee minutes. Village Administrator Kevin Gladden was directed to look up current rates and provide the figures to committee members.

When contacted by telephone Friday, Thomas said no specific figure had been suggested yet for the suggested increase. “That is something that we will have to discuss before next season,” he said.

He also did not have the specific attendance numbers available at the time.

The fees listed on the village website cite the 2011 fees:  $40 for resident family season passes; $55 for non-resident family season passes; $30 resident individual season pass; $45 non-resident season pass; $4 daily adult rate; $3 daily child rate and $32 for Groups 10+ charged for 8.

The quarry is part of the more than 30-acre Veterans Park that includes baseball and softball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields and shelter hours. The spring-fed quarry covers nearly a quarter of mile around and is 100-feet deep at some points.

During the summer, the quarry is open seven days a week, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is staffed by certified Red Cross lifeguards, Red Cross certified swimming instructors, a park director and maintenance staff.

During the meeting, board members also learned members of the Genoa Patriots soccer team are high kicking across new soccer fields this fall.

Genoa officials recently opened up three new soccer fields for league play on the five acres donated to the village by the Paul Blausey family alongside Veterans Park.

The Genoa Patriots are part of the Northwest Ohio Youth Soccer League. Teams began the regular season play locally on the fields in Clay Center. But in recent weeks, the Genoa fields were finished and offered for use, Gladden said.

In other business, the park board:
• Elected Leeann Dufendock as the chairman

•Received an update on the bathhouse project. Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green is putting together building specifications and costs for the administrator. The old bathhouse will be torn down. The new one will be built on the same footprint.

•Learned that the large slide needs replaced at the quarry and work needs to be done on the low one. The work will be done before the start of the 2013 season.

•Received an update on the tennis courts. A company has been contacted to crack seal and then apply a top coat. This will be done when a quote comes in, park members were told.

• Learned the draining problem at diamond 4 has been resolved. A drainage pipe was placed under the wet area in the outfield. And, Gladden recommended that a representative from the Little League Association and the Girls Softball Association be included on the park board. After consulting with the village solicitor, Gladden said a letter of invitation will be sent to both organizations.

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