COLUMBIA CITY â€” Expenses for the Burnworth Memorial Pool continue to exceed revenues and major repairs are an ongoing concern among Columbia City park board members. Currently, the park board is losing approximately $30,000 for the three-month pool season, which is June, July and August.
In Monday eveningâ€™s park board meeting, Park Director Mark Green presented a proposal from engineers he has spoken to in the past two weeks.
â€śBasically, Iâ€™m asking them what it would cost for us to have them come look at our pool and give us an idea on what the life expectancy of our pool is,â€ť Green said. â€śWe should also talk to the community to get a feel on how important the pool is.â€ť
Park Board Secretary Mauri Bordner has been highly involved in the fate of the Burnworth Memorial Pool and reported on a financial study he completed in the past month. â€śOver a three-month period, it looks like we are losing $30,000 for a swimming season which is three months,â€ť Bordner said. â€śThe financial study was in excess of $150,000 in five years that we are losing and that concerns me as a taxpayer, and it also concerns me as a board member.â€ť
Park board members agreed there are several stages which will determine the life expectancy of the Burnworth Memorial Pool, which includes an assessment by a qualified engineer, funding, mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and a new liner for the pool.
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