Towns get pool funding lined up

Time for lifeguard training sessions

As cities and villages look to the year’s projected expenses this year the fate of community pools are always in the balance.

“The involvement of the community has really helped so we’re going to see the pool open again in 2018,” said Beverly Councilman Jim Ullman about the Beverly-Waterford pool. “The community had fundraisers and they really brought out a lot of information to the public even better than we could have as the village council. Now the way it works is if the pool has losses those are reimbursed by the fundraisers.”

In 2016 the pool was in danger of closing until a community committee led by residents moved to get funding in place.

“Lisa Huck over at (Lisa’s) Sweet Stop is very involved with that,” said Ullman.

The first sets of lifeguard training and recertification also begin next week with Professional Pool Management owned by Mike Bishman, who also manages the Marietta and Beverly pools.

The Marietta Aquatic Center will also see maintenance this year, though no major new additions.

“We’d love to add a new feature but that would kill our budget,” said Public Facilities Manager Susie Joyce. “There are a few things we’re working on though. We’re looking at either replacing or refurbishing our main pool pump, working on the inside of the concession stand and refurbishing slide three. That adds up, so we’re very grateful that we got some money from the half marathon that Brian Anderson and Laurie Strahler put all of that work into. That will go towards chairs and maybe a few umbrellas this year.”

Joyce said the hope is for a hot, dry summer, after rains shortened the season last year.

“June was really hard on us because it rained a lot and then by the middle of August schools were back in session and we lost the lifeguards and crowds to school activities,” she explained.

In Devola the East Muskingum Community Association plans to open again for the summer season.

“We have our manager in place and hopefully a few returning lifeguards,” noted Jennifer Schenkel, president of the EMCA. “Our memberships are really our main source of income bosltered by the daily rates but we’ll also be offering swimming lessons.”

And this year is special for the EMCA.

“The group, and its volunteers have been around for 50 years,” said Schenkel. “They’re really the ones that make this possible.”

She said there will be a celebration for the EMCA anniversary held this summer, as well as the kids’ triathlon making its second appearance.

“We had a really good turnout for the first one last year,” she said. “I think they really enjoyed it.”

Bishman did not return calls for comment Friday and neither did New Matamoras Pool Manager Dianne Chapman nor Lowell Village Mayor Steve Weber.

At a glance

2018 Lifeguard Class & Recertification Dates:

≤ All lifeguard classes are $200 and require attendance at all meetings in a session.

≤ Session 1:

– Jan. 22, 5 to 9 p.m.

– Jan. 25, 5 to 9 p.m.

– Jan. 26, 5 to 9 p.m.

– Jan. 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

≤ Session 2:

– Feb. 6., 5 to 9 p.m.

– Feb. 8, 5 to 9 p.m.

– Feb. 9, 5 to 10 p.m.

– Feb. 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

≤ Session 3:

– Feb. 27, 5 to 9 p.m.

– March 1, 5 to 9 p.m.

– March 2, 5 to 10 p.m.

– March 3: 8 a.m. to3 p.m.

≤ Session 4:

– March 10: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– March 11: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

≤ Lifeguard Recertification:

– Professional Pool Management Staff: $75/ $125 Non-Staff.

– Jan. 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– March 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Location: Ewing School ,1701 Colegate Drive, Marietta.

– Age Requirement: 15 by the end of the class.

– $25 Non-Refundable Registration Fee.

– Items needed: Swim suit, towel, pen/pencil, paper, online work is required for the lifeguard classes.

– To Register and for any questions email Mike at ppm-mike@yahoo.com.

Source: Professional Pool Management.

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