Bloomfield council will discuss Fitness Center

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Members of the Bloomfield City Council are scheduled to discuss and possibly vote Monday on a plan to keep the city's Fitness Center open.

A sign notifies visitors of the planned closure of the Fitness Center on Nov. 16 at the Bloomfield Cultural Complex.

The Fitness Center is scheduled to close on Thursday as part of a $180,000 reduction to the city's general fund budget approved during a Nov. 2 special council meeting.

Six full-time and two part-time city positions were eliminated as part of the budget cut. One full-time and two part-time positions in the Cultural Services department, which operates the Fitness Center, were among the eliminated positions.

The decline in the oil and gas industry has made an impact on Bloomfield's gross receipts tax revenue. City officials are projecting a loss of about $1 million in GRT revenue this fiscal year.

City Manager Eric Strahl is going to present three possible options to keep the Fitness Center operating. The options include reducing the staff to two or three part-time employees, installing a keyless entry system and issuing a request for proposals for a private company to operate the facility.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Bloomfield City Hall at 915 N. First St.