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Waynesboro gets $850,000 grant for pool

February 14, 2001

Waynesboro gets $850,000 grant for pool



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Lancaster, Pa., consultant hired by the Waynesboro Borough Council three years ago to study the condition of Northside Pool recommended more than $1.2 million worth of repairs and renovations to the community swimming pool.

Borough Councilwoman Vicki Huff announced Wednesday that Waynesboro will receive an $850,000 slice from Gov. Tom Ridge's $25 million Community Revitalization Program funding for the pool project.

"We have been slowly trying to find the money to renovate the pool since then," Huff said Wednesday. Huff has championed recreation projects since her election to the council five years ago.

Another $40,000 came through Waynesboro's share of Community Development Block Grant funds. That money goes into the pool renovation hopper along with the $850,000 announced Wednesday.

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That still leaves the borough $200,000 short of the consultant's $1.2 million estimate. The borough hopes to raise the rest of the money through local donations and fund-raisers, Huff said.

The money will be used to resurface the pool, rebuild the filtration and chemical distribution systems, pay for new plumbing and add handicapped accessibility, including a zero entry which brings the water level up to the pool entrance to eliminate the need to climb down steps or ladders to enter the pool.

Plans also call for an adult slide to be installed in the main pool and a smaller one for the kiddie pool, Huff said.

Work on the renovation project won't begin until after the 2001 pool season ends next fall, Huff said.

Repairs have been done on a patchwork basis in the past because of a lack of funds, she said.

The pool was built in 1972.

Ridge established the Community Revitalization Program by wrestling control of the grants from lawmakers of both parties.

The earlier legislative grants were nicknamed WAMs - or walking-around money - because it tended to be used as enticements for votes. Democrats have accused Ridge of doing the same thing.

The grant awarded to Waynesboro was one of two $850,000 grants given by Ridge. The other one went to Philadelphia for a business-development project.

Ridge also awarded $805,000 to Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia. That award will be used to build two roadways.

Huff said the reason Waynesboro got such a big chunk was because "the state saw that we needed the money. It's the biggest grant we ever got."

Huff said State Rep. Pat Fleagle, R-Waynesboro, got behind the local effort to secure the grant. "Pat Fleagle is the one to thank," Huff said.

Fleagle said that once the need for the money was brought to his attention, he worked closely with the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to get the grant for Waynesboro.

Smaller causes ranging from protective gear for police to instruments for school bands also fared well, as state community development officials funneled the nearly $25 million in grants to fund hometown projects across the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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