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Cost of a dip at Chambersburg pool likely to go up

February 27, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A cool dip on a hot day will cost more this summer if the Chambersburg Borough Council adopts new rates for Municipal Pool recommended by the Recreation Department.

A day pass would increase 50 cents to $5, and a family membership for borough residents would go up $10 to $190, Recreation Superintendent Herb Dolaway told the council Monday. Family memberships for those living outside of the borough would go up $20 to $260, according to the recommendation.

The higher minimum wage, state regulations on the number of lifeguards and maintenance for the aging pool are factors driving up costs, Dolaway said. The department also recommends increasing youth, adult and senior citizen memberships, as well as twilight passes.

Pool revenue was about $210,000 last season, while operating it cost about $230,000, Dolaway said.

Councilman Tom Newcomer asked Dolaway why the department was not recommending higher increases so that the pool would not operate in the red.

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Dolaway said almost all municipal pools operate at a loss, while Chambersburg's is close to breaking even.

While the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources mandates how many lifeguards a municipal pool must have, it is eliminating lifeguards at its own lakes, Council President William McLaughlin said.

The council also discussed hiring the design team of MKSD Architects and Counsilman/Hunsaker Associates to design a "family aquatic facility." The council has in the past discussed renovating and remodeling Municipal Pool, a project that could cost several million dollars.

The department also recommends increasing ball field rentals and pavilion rentals at Memorial Park, and establishing pavilion rental rates at Henninger Field and Mike Waters Memorial Park.

Dolaway updated the council on plans for improvements to Waters Park and Henninger Field.

The borough plans to match a $150,000 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant with Community Development Block Grant funds to improve Waters Park on South Second Street.

At Henninger Field, the cost of new lighting, field improvements, an outfield fence and bathroom modifications called for in a first phase are estimated at $260,000.

A $32,100 contract with YSM Landscape Architects of York, Pa., was approved by the council for first-phase planning for the Mill Creek Acres Park, one of three undeveloped pieces of land in the borough slated to become neighborhood parks.

Plans for Municipal Pool, Henninger Field and the three undeveloped parks will have to be paid for, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

"Wherever you want to go, we're talking about a bond issue," Oyer said.

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