Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crowded Pools Boost Idea of Id Cards for Residents, but Revenue May Suffer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crowded Pools Boost Idea of Id Cards for Residents, but Revenue May Suffer

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St. Charles City Councilman Richard Baum has about a month to find out how much community support he can find for a municipal identification card for residents.

Baum, of Ward 6, told council members Tuesday that he wanted the city to look into offering an identification card similar to the one St. Peters issues its residents.

He said one purpose of the card would be to provide a cost reduction for residents using the municipal pools. Currently, residents and non-residents alike pay $1.50 for children under 12 and $2.25 for adults. Season passes cost more for non-residents.

Councilmen Michael Klinghammer, 7th Ward, and Rory Riddler, 1st Ward, supported studying the ID card for use at the pools. Klinghammer complained that he and his family did not have a good time at the Blanchette Park pool last weekend because of the crowd in the pool. He said an informal survey showed that most of the users were non-residents.

Riddler said the cards might cut usage of the pools by non-residents, "but it might also enhance the pool experience for those who do go." Baum said any potential revenue lost from lower attendance might be made up by raising the admission fee for non-residents.

Councilman Donald Lang, 5th Ward, said he was cautious because pool revenue is a major funding source for the Park Board and he was reluctant to tamper with that. Baum said he would be willing to discuss the matter with the Park Board, which runs the pools.

Baum said he also wants to explore the possibility that residents could get discounts from local retailers, restaurants and other businesses by presenting the ID card.

"It could be a way to give back something to the residents, increase local business in town and provide another service we could offer to people in annexation areas," said Baum.

Councilman Dan Foust, 10th Ward, suggested Baum ask the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, the Goldenrod Showboat and St. Charles Riverfront Station about participating. Baum will report back to the council next month.

Riddler said he thought the city's tourism department also might find ways to take advantage of a local ID card.

In other action, the council debated at length whether to contribute to the St. …

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