Recreation Board mulls a town-run pool, maybe

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 4:00pm

The possibility of building a municipal pool for year-round use made a reappearance at the Recreation Board meeting this past week.

Board member Colleen Ernst brought the topic up at the tail end of the group’s monthly meeting, and while Recreation Department Director Dave Sniffen said the challenges of a pool are many, the subject would be put on next month’s agenda.

Sniffen said the main issue with a municipal pool is not so much raising the money to get it built, but its ongoing maintenance.

When talks about a pool stalled before, said Sniffen, “it all broke down to the maintenance. It’s a lot to run a pool.”

“What do we have to do to get it done,” asked Ernst.

“You have to submit a budget to start with,” said Board Chair Chris Willi, but he said as far as the community is concerned, “there are too many other things that are a priority other than a pool.”

“Let’s do it,” said Ernst.

“You’re not the first person to say those words,” said Sniffen.

The group had talked about a pool during last year, and various other groups and individuals have also broached the topic. Sniffen said he did not think the year-round residents were numerous enough to support a pool, which would necessitate creating an endowment to support the ongoing maintenance and staffing.

In other news, Sniffen said that he was trying to get a new drainage system installed at Heinz Field, which he said was in the hands of Town Engineer Jim Geremia. Sniffen said the new system needed to be in before the next season begins. Board member Annie Hall suggested that the item be kept on the monthly agenda for updates until the situation is resolved.

“It needs to be done,” said Sniffen.

The next Recreation Board meeting is set for Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 8:15 a.m.