THORNVILLE – Village Administrator Beth Patrick hopes residents don’t forget summer heat is right around the corner, even though it snowed this week.
“Believe it or not, summer is coming,” she said. Patrick said signing up for a pool membership is likely the last thing on Thornville residents’ minds, but she doesn’t want them to lose the early bird discount for joining before May 15. The pool opens May 30.
“We really appreciate all the support from the community,” said Patrick. She said village residents pay less because they already pay for a parks and recreation levy, which helps fund the pool.
For the 2014 season, a family membership for Thornville residents is $120 up to five members (early bird is $110) and each additional family member is $10. A single Thornville resident pays $70 for the season, couples pay $85 and seniors pay $45. Early bird rates are $60 for singles and $75 for couples.
A non-resident family membership is $140 up to five members (early bird is $130) and each additional family member is $10. A single pays $90 for the season, couples pay $105 and seniors pay $45. Early bird rates are $80 for singles and $95 for couples.
Mayor Gavin Renner said the pool is an important part of Thornville’s history. “The Village is committed to preserving the legacy of Doc Hite, whose generous legacy lead to the creation of the village pool in the 1960s,” he said. Renner said residents will be asked to renew the parks and recreation levy in November. A portion of the levy goes toward operating the pool.
Renner said the current financial difficulty is the lack of funds for major repairs. The existing levy pays pool employees and operating expenses, but there isn’t enough for major repairs. Membership fees help, but won’t come close to the recent $50,000 estimate for a liner. That amount, he said, goes even higher to refurbish and repair the concrete base, or to make significant repairs to the gutter and sidewalls.
“Council is exploring options,” said Renner. “They recently passed a resolution, which will allow the village to use funds in the Mary N. Letherman legacy for recreational community facilities such as the pool. However, these funds are limited.”
Renner continued, “I would like to hear from residents about their support for the village pool… This makes our community a better place to live.”
Patrick said Jodi Metzger is manager this year and Austin Dittoe is assistant manager. Pool membership forms are posted on Thornville’s Facebook page and available at the village office and some Thornville businesses.
Renner added Thornville also still has an opening on village council and two openings for residents on the Thornville Village Planning and Zoning Board.