2010-04-24 / News

Village works to eliminate pool deficit

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT – Village officials are working to get the village’s aging pool to break even this season.

Thanks to poor weather and some unexpected repairs, the pool ran an $8,000 deficit last year. The repairs pushed the opening date into June.

Mayor’s assistant Vinco Popo hoped to have the pool open on Saturday, May 15, as part of Jeff Watson’s Summer Kickoff Celebration downtown. Last fall, Popo and a couple of volunteers repainted everything except the dive tank as part of the efforts to open early. Popo reported at the April 13 council meeting that the opening date will probably slip since the health department wants to conduct its inspection two weeks before the opening.

Council President Dave Levacy is donating a new sign for the pool to help visitors find it. “It is off the beaten path,” Mayor Dean Severance said. Chris Tennant, Board of Public Affairs member and former pool manage, has created a promotional brochure.

Council members unanimously approved the 2010 rate structure. Family memberships (two parents and up to four unmarried children residing in the same household) are $150 if purchased before May 1, $175 before June

and $195 after June 1. After July 15, all memberships are discounted 50 percent.

An individual membership is

85 and a senior citizen membership costs $60. Daily rates are

4.50 for adults (age 5 and older),

3 for senior citizens, $3 for children (age 3 to 4) and free for age

and under. Everyone pays just

2 after 6 p.m.

Hours have been reduced slightly to reduce expenses and to provide more time for private pool parties. Hours are noon to

p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

In other business April 13, project manager Bill Newton of GGC Engineers said the firm is “very close” to seeking bids for the Lancaster Street resurfacing project. Most of the cost will be paid by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant.

Council members unanimously created a position for a part-time street maintenance worker/laborer. Work is limited to a maximum of 30 hours per week. Kim McDonald was hired to fill the position that will pay $10 per hour.

Tennant reported that the Board of Public Affairs recommends that council award the contract for the first phase of wastewater treatment plant upgrade to Doll Layman, Ltd. of Tipp City. The firm’s $219,000 was the lowest of the three bids received. Council members did so.

He added that Buckeye Lake filled its 500,000 gallon water tank on April 13. The village’s water treatment plant produced 677,000 gallons on April 13, setting a new production record. Operator Tom Boso told The Beacon that the record was set without any production problems.

Council members also unanimously designated the new waterline to Buckeye Lake solely as a transmission line, prohibiting residential taps into that line.

Village Solicitor Steven Carlino reported the village can require residents in unincorporated areas who want to tap into the line to sign an agreement consenting to annex to the village when their property becomes contiguous with the village. A resolution to that effect is being drafted and will be presented to council members for approval.

Spring Cleanup Days have been set as Friday, April 30 for areas north of the canal and Friday, May 7 for areas south of the canal.

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