Walbridge sinks money into town pool PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 26 April 2013 10:04
File photo. Volunteers painting the pool at Aqua Terrace in Walbridge. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
WALBRIDGE - Council is sinking a lot of money into the pool for this summer, but is also making it more affordable for residents.
At last week's meeting, council revamped membership rates, instituting a $30 seasonal membership for anyone - resident or non-resident, from ages 5 to 99.
Yearly memberships had been $160 for a resident family and $85 for a single resident, and $210 for a non-resident family and $100 for a single.
The daily admission rate was dropped from $5 to $3. Walbridge employees will be admitted free.
The daily daycare admission will remain at $2 and swim lessons will continue at $25 per person.
"(We're) hopeful that a more simplified rate structure will definitely increase the amount (of memberships)," said Mayor Ed Kolanko.
Thousands of dollars have been committed to Aqua Terrace improvements this year, including a new liner, slide, concrete and fencing.
In February, council contracted with with Rock Solid Pools for pool repairs for $10,986. Last month, council entered into an agreement with Poolequip.com for $5,800 for a AXS chair lift for the pool, which will make it handicap-accessible.
On Wednesday, council approved purchasing a vortex slide for $11,500 using a $6,600 Wood County Park District grant and a $5,000 donation from Walbridge-Fest.
"We want to make it (the pool) affordable for the residents to enjoy it and witness these upgrades council has made," Kolanko said.
"Recreation is important to our community and having a nice community pool will hopefully attract residents to our community."
Also Wednesday, council approved new, higher wages for police officers working second and third shifts. The increases are 50 cents an hour for second shift and 75 cents an hour for third shift.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Heard an Allen Street resident ask if there has been any more discussions about St. Jerome Catholic Parish officials wanting to build condominiums on church-owned property. "We need to receive a plan as to what they want to do with the property," Kolanko said, and no plan has been submitted. If one is presented, it would go before a village planning board, the mayor said.
• Heard council president Jan Sawaya suggest purchasing a time clock for pool employees, but the motion was postponed when Kolanko said the pool budget is tight. The cost is approximately $350. The issue was referred to the finance committee and Village Administrator Kenneth Frost.
• Heard the YMCA "fun bus" with free activities for children will return to the village this summer starting June 14 on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Went into executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken.

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