Pooling Resources: A Community Meeting

By on October 22, 2014

Influence the future of Lititz Springs Pool 

Plan the future of Lititz Springs Pool by attending the next Borough Council meeting, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Plan the future of Lititz Springs Pool by attending the next Borough Council meeting, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Lititz Borough Council needs your input on the future of the community pool.

Upgrades will be necessary within the next five years, expensive upgrades. Council wants to know how Lititz residents want to cover those costs. And in the process, Council wants to hear any and all suggestions on pool improvements, cosmetic additions, management, operations, what to serve at the snack bar, should the pool even continue to exist… the sky is the limit. Bring your best ideas and your imagination to the next Borough Council meeting, scheduled for this coming Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at Council Chambers. This portion of the regular meeting will be held at the beginning of the agenda.

Necessary maintenance (not even considering amenities) could cost as much as $5 million, according to Council President Karen Weibel.

Whatever improvements take place, it will be a collaborative effort between the borough, the Lititz recCenter (which is currently undergoing an expansion and just completed its first year of managing the operations of the outdoor pools), the Warwick School District… and members of the greater Lititz community. Citizen input gathered at Tuesday’s meeting will be the driving force to deciding the future of this 50-year-old facility, Weibel said.

Annual operating expenses for the pool are approximately $150,000, according to Sue Barry, borough manager.

“We’re very, very frugal,” she said.

Scott Hain, borough council member who has been involved with the operational agreement with the recCenter, said they are still in a transition stage with the Rec, so some of those budgetary issues still need to be ironed out. That issue, the connection between the borough and the recCenter, is also on the table for public discussion.

Did you like the way the pool was operated in 2014? Are there problems with the facilities? Do you want to see a certain part of that facility upgraded? If you’re a taxpayer, how do you feel about the borough putting a lot of money into this facility? Do you feel it should be closed, or do you feel it should remain open for the general public?

These are just a few of the questions that need answers.

“Lots of communities are going through these discussions because there are a lot of older pool facilities,” Weibel pointed out. “My personal take is, I would love to see this pool remain open, and I would personally be shocked if people showed up and said, ‘Forget it; Close it.’ I don’t think that’s the view of the community, but unless we ask, I will not be so presumptuous.”

Borough Council awaits your creative direction, Lititz.

 

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