Shadyside pool loses more than $17,000

SHADYSIDE – Village Council discussed the issue of the community swimming pool losing $17,494.97 during this summer.

The issue was brought to light by Councilman Jay Morgan. It was also noted that it was a terrible summer for pool operations due to the weather.

“We are not going to sustain that loss,” said Council President Tim Merryman, who was filling in for Mayor Bob Newhart who was unable to attend.

According to Fiscal Officer Jeryl McGaffick, the $17,494.97 lost did not include insurance, utilities and payroll. The chemicals for this year were donated by PPG and most of the repairs were done in house.

It was decided several months ago, that council would increase the wages of the lifeguards and staff.

McGaffick, who put together the pool report for council, reported that on June 30, when the pool made only $33, there were 47 hours of staff scheduled. Admission for students is $3 and $4 for adults.

“The wages killed us,” said McGaffick.

To help with the pool, pre-passes were made available. This year, however, only one pre-pass was sold.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Judge Frank Fregiato spoke to members of council.

“I just want to thank your support,” said Fregiato. “My passion and enthusaism has not changed.”

Street Commissioner Jay Meek thanked the Shadyside Police Department for helping while the street department was painting the cross walks on Central Avenue.

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