Concession changes at pool possible

Could there be benefit to having a full concession stand at the City of Warren Municipal Pool?

That was a question posed to City Council on Monday night.

Councilman Sam Harvey brought up the topic, asking if council has any “appetite” to “have a real concession stand there.”

He suggested that “allowing someone to set up a concession, (the) city might be able to make some money off of it.”

Parks and Recreation Director Mary Ann Nau said that a transition was made from a full concession stand to the self-serve style that is currently utilized at the pool.

“We actually had a genuine concession stand (at one point),” Department of Public Works Director Mike Holtz said. “(It) sort of went by the wayside.”

Mayor Mark Phillips added that the concession stand was always previously operated “in-house” by city employees.

Phillips asked whether Harvey was suggesting that an outside vendor be brought in to run such a concession service.

“We’ve never looked into third-party,” Holtz said.

“That would be the more practical way to go at this point,” Nau said of a third-party vendor opportunity. “(It) would have to meet the health code (and) would be pretty costly.”

She suggested that the city could put out a request for proposals to “take competitive quotes.” Such an approach would also gauge interest in the concept.

Nau said she would suggest the concept to City Manager Nancy Freenock, who was not in attendance on Monday.