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County to lease Snook Park pool in 2001

January 04, 2000

The swimming pool at the Martin L. Snook Park in Halfway probably will be leased for the 2001 season to a private company, but it's too late to do so this summer, the Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday.

The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board recommended the switch, which could save the county more than $10,000 a year.

The total operating cost for the swimming pool last season was $73,776, Director Ronald E. Kidd said. The net profit last year was $846, Kidd said.

A pool management company's proposed cost for the next season is $52,298, Kidd said. A specific pool management company has not yet been selected.

The county has had trouble finding and keeping qualified lifeguards, Kidd said. A private company could do a better job ensuring there is sufficient personnel because they operate other pools, Kidd said.

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The county would continue to run the concession stands and handle the revenue.

The County Commissioners considered making the change this summer, but realized that wouldn't work.

The county could advertise for bids for the management contract but wouldn't receiving bids until mid-March, Purchasing Agent Karen Luther said. Kidd usually starts advertising the lifeguard positions in late January.

Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger asked Kidd to look at other ways to increase pool revenues, including corporate sponsorship.

- Scott Butki

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