Numbers are positive for Potterfield Pool

January 07, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

HAGERSTOWN - Expenses are down and revenues are up at Hagerstown's Potterfield Pool as the result of changes made by pool management, Hagerstown officials said Monday.

Pool Manager Ralph Axen said he has tried to make the pool more cost-effective since taking the job about two years ago.

"He has done a very good job of managing our costs and reducing costs," Mayor William M. Breichner said. Just as important, Axen has found ways to make the pool more beneficial for the community, Breichner said.


Total pool revenues have increased from $26,578 in 2000 to $45,239 in 2001 and to $60,834 in 2002, according to a report filed with the city.

Revenue from rentals of the pool for parties and events has increased from $938 in 2000 to $1,870 in 2001 and to $3,360 in 2002 as word spread that Axen would work late on some nights to allow the events by church youth groups and others to occur, Axen said.

Extra volleyball and basketball equipment has been added at the pool, which pool users seem to enjoy, he said.

Total attendance has increased from 13,388 in 2000 to 24,804 in 2001 and to 29,175 in 2002, according to the staff report.

While revenues have increased, Axen has altered work schedules, stopped purchase of unneeded supplies and made other changes to cut back on costs, he said.

Total expenses have dropped from $112,801 in 2000 to $111,129 in 2001 and to $88,841 in 2002.

"I run it like a business. Our number one concern is taking care of our customers," Axen said.

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