Derby board overhauls fees for Vets’ community center
Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, Register Correspondent   July 12, 2000

DERBY — The Park and Recreation Commission has revised the fees for residents using the Veterans’ Community Center.

City officials recently took over operation of the City Hall center from the veterans’ group that ran it for 35 years. 

The commission decided to drop fees altogether for World War II veterans who are Derby residents. They previously paid $50 a year. 

The commission also established the following yearly fees for the general public: 

» World War II veterans from other towns, $50. 

» Veterans of other wars, $200. 

» Derby residents, $200. 

» Non-residents, $250. 

» Derby couples at Family Health Club, $375. 

» Non-residents at Family Health Club, $475. 

» Derby senior citizens (age 62 and above), $125. 

» Non-resident senior citizens, $175. 

A yearly membership to the swimming pool only for adult Derby residents is $100, and $125 for non-residents. 

The full membership applies to those age 16 and older, and includes use of the health club, pool and gym. 

The daily fee for pool use is $2 for adults and $1 for those under 12 and seniors. A $4 fee will be charged for the health club and $3 for seniors (one time only use). 

The commission made the revisions Monday at the request of Mayor Marc Garofalo. 

Past fees were sometimes prohibitive to some, including veterans who were charged $275 a year for annual membership. 

The new fees, which Park and Recreation Commission Chairman Jack Walsh said are much lower than in the past, have been set up temporarily to see how the public accepts them. 

"We’ll see how it goes," Walsh said.