Shadyside pool issues discussed

SHADYSIDE – Pool manager Melanie Haswell approached village council Monday night about the loss of pool revenue that was discussed at the last council meeting.

Fisical Officer Jeryl McGaffick’s report showed that the pool lost more than $17,000 this summer.

“When I take on a job, I take it on with pride. I try to do the best that I can do,” said Haswell. “There was not a whole lot of positives,” Haswell said. “I was never asked to sit down and talk about this.”

Haswell pointed out a few factors and positives about the pool this year, such as this summer was a miserable summer with the rain. But several of the positives included more pool rentals this summer and a lot of Bellaire people used the Shadyside pool.

“I sometimes feel that I am battling people to keep this pool open when it should not be that way and I don’t understand why it is that way,” said Haswell. “We have a clean, safe environment that kids can go to … It’s not going to be a money maker.”

Mayor Bob Newhart, who was not at the last meeting, claimed that council and he dropped the ball when it came to the pool. In the past, there had to be a set amount of passes that had to be sold but this year was not the case.

“It’s hard to gauge village enthusiasm for the pool … I don’t expect to make a profit of the pool but I expect a lot more community support,” said Newhart.

Newhart went on to say the pool needs to have a set revenue.

“We need to work together on trying to get the word out (about the sale of pool passes),” Haswell said. “We really didn’t push it this year, when I say we, I mean Tim and I, but there are other people besides Tim and I that probably could push this. So I think if we all work together, it can be a success … I feel like there was another bashing of the pool.”

Despite it all, Haswell thought that this summer was still a success. This year’s workers were her best workers and they were college kids. There were no complaints all summer.

Council also discussed the 5K race that was held over the weekend and how much of a success it was.

“Thank you very much for everything the school did. That thing was a great success,” said Councilman Tim Merryman. “Everybody came together, I can’t think everybody enough.

Also, council announced that the Trick or Treat will be held Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Any residents that wish to participate can do so by turning on their porch light.

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