AUGUST BURNS(WORTH) RED: Aquatics Task Force to survey options

COLUMBIA CITY — With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool. Though official numbers weren’t available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.“With the drought last year, we had a lot more people at the pool than we did this year,” Green said. “This season, there has been more rain and it hasn’t been as hot, so not as many people came to the pool.”Green said since school began this week, the pool was shut down for the year.“Most of our staff are high school or college students. It’s hard to staff after school starts,” Green said. Though the pool continued to drain money from the city, Green told the City Council Tuesday that his staff worked to keep the expenses to a minimum.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 14 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.