Bor­ough dives into pool man­age­ment

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

A year af­ter com­plet­ing ma­jor up­dates and up­grades to the Soud­er­ton Community Pool, bor­ough of­fi­cials have de­cided to take an­other plunge.

The bor­ough has con­tracted with the YMCA for about a decade to run the pool, but that con­tract won’t be re­newed next year, of­fi­cials said at Soud­er­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Sept. 10 pub­lic works work ses­sion.

“It’s a brand new fa­cil­ity. We’d like to just get out and try it on our own,” Mike Coll, bor­ough man­ager, said.

The rea­son for the change is to make it pos­si­ble to add pro­grams, of­fi­cials said.

“We used to have fam­ily fun nights or other types of ac­tiv­i­ties we’d like to get back to,” Coll said.

Flick ‘n floats, in which movies are shown at the pool, are an­other pos­si­bil­ity, he said.

“Their char­ter as a Y lim­its the types of ac­tiv­i­ties they can par­tici- pate in,” coun­cil mem­ber Jeff Gross said. “The con­tract we have with them doesn’t suf­fice any­more.”

The con­tract also is based on the pool be­ing open for only a spec­i­fied num­ber of hours, Coll and Gross said, but ad­di­tional pro­grams could be added out­side those hours if the change is made.

“We would have more flex­i­bil­ity in ex­per­i­ment­ing with spe­cial events,” Coll said.

The Y cur­rently of­fers zumba and swim­ming lessons, which will continue, Brian Goshow, coun­cil pres­i­dent, said.

The bor­ough is still work­ing on fig­ur­ing out which ad­di­tional pro­grams to of­fer, he said.

The out­door pool at Wile Av­enue and Re­liance Road is open from Memo­rial Day to La­bor Day.

This year’s con­tract was for $90,000, Coll said.

The change prob­a­bly won’t de­crease the bor­ough’s costs, Goshow said.

“It might be a wash from a fi­nan­cial stand­point,” he said, “but you pro­vide more ser­vices.”

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