YMCA To Operate Doyle Street Pool

The Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA will once again operate the Doyle Street Pool for the city of Toccoa this summer.

Monday, the Toccoa City Commission unanimously approved a management agreement with the YMCA for the pool and the Doyle Street Community Center.

The YMCA board had previously approved the same agreement.

Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA CEO Robin Dake said that the Y is pleased that it will once again operate the Doyle Street Pool.

“We think this is a terrific partnership between the city of Toccoa and the Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA,” said Dake. “We think that this pool serves people who really need it, serves the community, and we are excited to once again be able to manage it.”

City commissioners also said they appreciate the YMCA’s efforts with the pool each year.

The agreement put in place between the two sides for this year is the same as the one in place last year.

Under the management agreement, the city pays the YMCA a $25,000 management fee to operate and manage the pool and community center, as well as provide basic maintenance on both. That money is paid out in three installments over the months of May and June and is already in the current fiscal year budget.

In February, Dake appeared before city commissioners on behalf of the YMCA board to request an increase in that management fee to $35,000. However, city commissioners said at the time they wanted to keep the management fee at $25,000.

The management agreement also calls for the city to provide up to $3,500 worth of water for the pool, some routine lawn maintenance, and maintenance required for legal and safe operation of the facilities not to exceed $1,500. However, the agreement states that any decision to repair pool facilities other than routine maintenance shall be determined by the Toccoa City Commission on an as-needed basis.

Dake said plans are to open the pool for Memorial Day.

In other action from Monday’s meeting, Toccoa City Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a pick-up truck for use in the city cemetery. The city awarded the bid to Ford, Lincoln, Mercury of Toccoa at a cost of just under $26,500. It was the low bid.