Pool: Springboard for talk

By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@civitasmedia.com



SABINA — The town’s public pool will be under discussion by county commissioners on Monday, and it generated talk Thursday at the village council meeting.

The village’s General Fund is looking tight this year, and Clinton County commissioners are reviewing Mayor Dean Hawk’s April 4 request to help defray the startup costs associated with the community pool, owned by the village.

Sabina Village Councilman Bill Lewis on Thursday responded to Hawk’s question whether to try to hold the line on pool admission price rates. Lewis recommended the $3 daily admission price be increased to $4.

Lewis said a statement that a higher admission price would be offset by lower concession sales and revenue is “speculation.”

Lewis’ motion to raise the daily admission by a dollar died for lack of a second.

Councilman Jim Mongold said children have a limited income in the form of their allowance.

During public comment, resident Abe Arnold said people need to think about the pool’s future.

“If you keep letting that be a drain to this village, it’s going to come to the point where the village just says we can’t afford that anymore,” said Arnold.

Last year, pool expenditures were higher than the revenue from admissions and concessions, noted Sabina Fiscal Officer Nancy L. Cornell. She added that the summer 2015 weather was not conducive for a good pool season.

Carl Sanders attended the council meeting and said, “This is a community pool and it’s for the community, and they’re not trying to gouge them [the public] for $8 or $9 or $10 to get in.”

He added, “We’re lucky so far. We’re supporting that pool; we’re supporting our children.”

A former resident, Lisa Morris Bush, recently donated $1,000 for the pool. Her donation letter stated she spent a lot of time at the Sabina pool with friends and family as she grew up in the 1970s and 1980s.

As reported previously, local business Pennant Moldings Inc. is organizing a 5K color run/walk on Saturday, June 18. The proceeds will benefit the pool in the memory of Michol Barney, an employee at Pennant Moldings for 28 years who died in July 2015.

The color run is named “Barney’s Powder Blast!” for Barney, who is described on the 5K informational flyer “as a volunteer and strong supporter of youth programs and services.”

In another matter:

Caleb Brown was sworn in Thursday evening as a full-time police officer. A resident of the village, Brown was sworn in as an auxiliary Sabina police officer in March.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.


By Gary Huffenberger