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Marietta Mayor Joshua Schlicher, left, listens as Marietta City Council asks him questions after giving a Marietta Aquatic Center update during a public lands and buildings committee meeting Tuesday night

City administration gave Marietta City Council an update on Marietta Aquatic Center operations Tuesday night.

During a public lands and buildings committee meeting Tuesday, Mayor Joshua Schlicher shared with council members more details of a plan with Professional Pool Management to open the MAC, which he announced last week,that includes cutting concessions.

Schlicher gave council more information about the cutting of concessions and shared information about ways the community may be able to donate to help the MAC. Until last week it wasn’t even certain that the city was going to open the MAC this year. On April 11 during a public meeting about the city’s performance audit, which predicted the city’s general fund may be empty by as early as 2025, Schlicher announced the city would not open the MAC for 2024. Schlicher offered the MAC closing as a cost saving measure in response to council’s suggestion of staff cuts as a way to save money in light of the audit.

The MAC closure led to a community effort to keep it open, with a petition to do so garnering more than 3,800 signatures and council issuing a press release imploring Schlicher to reopen the MAC. On April 18 Schlicher announced at a council meeting the city had come to an agreement with PPM that would see the MAC open this year and would include cutting concessions and bringing in vending machines.Schlicher previously told the Times PPM is cutting about $40,000 of its contract amount due to the concessions cut and that in conjunction with not having to buy concession supplies is expected to save the city about $60,000.

During the committee meeting Tuesday night Schlicher said he will be meeting with a concession company on Thursday to discuss either putting in vending machines or the company putting in manned concessions that the company would staff and where they would share some of the concession revenue with the city.

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