Council on Monday night opted to finance the $150,000 necessary to replace the liner of Town Park pool—a repair the borough's parks and recreation board indicated was necessary for the amenity to be operational next summer.
The motion to approve the "gap financing" passed by a vote of 7-0. Council President John Bevec and Councilman Joe Graff were absent.
Borough Manager Terry Hazlett said that $65,000 of the $150,000 cost would be covered thanks to the retirement of road department head Chester Osiecki—whose position will remain temporarily open.
His retirement becomes effective Oct. 29, and council will earmark his $65,000 salary for the liner replacement project. Until the position is filled, Hazlett said he will help run the department.
Council also decided to increase its annual contribution to Town Park pool from $25,000 to $50,000.
The rest of the money necessary for the repairs will be raised through inceasing the cost of the season pool passes from $45 and $50 to $60.
"They are vastly underpriced," Hazlett said of the current rates.
Fundraisers spearheaded by the parks and recreation board will round out the cost of the liner, Hazlett confirmed.
saying it was too big for his group to undertake on its own—adding that if the work didn't begin October, the pool would be unable to open next year.
Hazlett said the borough will bid the project out, and hopes to award a contract for the replacement by September so work can begin shortly after that.