Coun­cil pro­poses in­creased pool fees

The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com

Hat­boro Me­mo­rial Pool mem­bers could see an in­crease in mem­ber­ship costs for the up­com­ing sum­mer. Hat­boro Bor­ough Coun­cil pro­posed dur­ing the Feb. 11 com­mit­tee meet­ings an in­crease for most fees be­tween $10 and $15 in hopes of mak­ing the pool more self­VuI­fiFLHnW.

Coun­cil­man Mark Sheedy said the town­ship looked at RWKHU SRRO FOuEV ZLWKLn fivH miles of Hat­boro Me­mo­rial Pool to see what the av­er­age pool mem­ber­ships cost. Town­ship Man­ager Fred Zollers said this in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to a slight in­crease in pool mem­ber­ships for the up­com­ing sum­mer.

“We’re try­ing to make the SRRO VHOI-VuI­fiFLHnW VR ZH’UH not tak­ing money from pub­lic works,” Sheedy said.

Some of the changes in pool costs in­clude sin­gle adult res­i­dents be­tween ages 18 to 62 from $150 to $160 and the same non-res­i­dent from $200 to $210; chil­dren be­tween ages 2 to 18 from $25 to $35; res­i­dent daily ad­mis­sion fee from $10 to $15 and non-res­i­dent daily ad­mis­sion from $15 to $20; and swim lessons from $40 to $50. The largest change, if ap­proved, will be the res­i­dent and non-res­i­dent 15-visit punch card. For res­i­dents, the cost will go from $100 to $125 and non­res­i­dents will change from $150 to $175.

Sev­eral par­ents of Hat­boro Storm swim team mem­bers were in the au­di­ence and said they un­der­stood the

the changes to the fees. How­ever, they spoke out against the board’s pos­si­ble ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Hat­boro vMCA to man­age and move its swim team to Hat­boro Me­mo­rial Pool since the v has de­cided to close its out­door pool. They said, since few things are man­aged by parks and recre­ation, they would like to see it main­tained by the bor­ough.

In re­sponse, coun­cil said it did not have any cur­rent plans to al­low the vMCA to man­age the pool and it would not in­fringe on the time Hat­boro Storm mem­bers use the pool to prac­tice.

“We’re really big fans of the Storm,” Sheedy said.

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