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POOL CLOSING?: Local pool hemorrhaging cash

March 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 evening’s park board meeting, Park Director Mark Green presented a proposal from engineers he has spoken to in the past two weeks.

“Basically, I’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,” Green said. “We should also talk to the community to get a feel on how important the pool is.”

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. “Over a three-month period, it looks like we are losing $30,000 for a swimming season which is three months,” Bordner said. “The 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.”

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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