The community pool in the Village of Jeffersonville is receiving a $49,000 upgrade and pool visitors may see a slight increase in pool admission fees for the 2018 swim season.
Jeffersonville’s Parks and Recreation Committee is going to be busy this coming year with the community pool, said Jeffersonville Village Mayor Bob Kinzer in an interview Tuesday.
Kinzer said the committee and village have put together a plan to replace the community pool’s aging gutter system.
The system is comprised of stainless steel tubing, said Kinzer. A leak in the tubing last year delayed the pool’s opening by two weeks. The pool lost 20,000 gallons of water by the time the leak was found, Kinzer said, and the rest had to be drained in order for a professional to have access to service the pool. The leak was fixed — at a cost of $1,535. The pool opened June 16, with families who had already purchased a season pass receiving a discount, and then Kinzer said the community enjoyed the swim season.
“And then, at the end of the pool season, a week before the end of the swim season, a smaller leak sprung,” said Kinzer.
Looking at a blueprint of the filtration system in the pump house, Kinzer said approximately 200 lineal feet of the stainless steel pressure tubing that connects to the pump house will be replaced to assure the community isn’t surprised with another leak springing in the 2018 swim season.
The approximate cost to replace the pool’s system is $49,000, said Kinzer. To pay for it, Kinzer said the village applied for a Travel and Tourism grant and will use funds from the village’s general fund.
Kinzer said the village is also considering sponsors from individuals or businesses in Fayette County — in exchange for sponsoring the pool upgrade, sponsors will be able to have an advertising sign hung up on a fence near the pool. Kinzer said people interested in sponsoring the pool’s upgrades can contact the village office at 740-426-8881.
Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation Committee is also discussing a possible increase to the cost of admission for pool visitors, said Kinzer.
He said the price increase would affect those individuals purchasing a daily pool pass as well as a season pass, but emphasized that the pool admission prices will remain “very affordable.”
If admission does increase, Kinzer said it could potentially add up to a dollar onto the cost of daily admission and seasonal passes could increase to just over $100 from the current $70, said Kinzer.
“We want to keep it very affordable because we know the people around here, and this is their summer vacation,” said Kinzer. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep the costs down but it’s expensive. That’s the reason you’re seeing all of these pools go away — it’s not a money maker. If you break even, you’re lucky.”
Kinzer said the replacement of the stainless steel gutter system is currently being fabricated and will be installed when the weather is warmer. He said the Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation Committee hopes to have the installation complete in advance of the opening, slated for Memorial Day weekend.
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