Pool towers

Are they redoing them?  Really sad to see them disassembled.


You worry about those fighters, I’ll worry about the tower.


jamie said:

Are they redoing them?  Really sad to see them disassembled.

I hope they are just redoing them.  Otherwise, one less reason to join the town pool.


Looks like an invitation to bid for repair and replacement of the diving towers went out in February. 

There’s a 60 page document of instructions to bidders you can read for further details here :https://www.maplewoodnj.gov/Home/Components/RFP/RFP/2/284?sortn=RFPStatus&sortd=asc


A debate is surfacing (see May 3 TC meeting on YouTube) as to whether the pool is a country club or a town facility.  Should the taxpayers be paying for repairs and providing in kind services if only fee paying members are able to use the facility?  Should swimming lessons at the pool be open to the entire town if not everyone pays to join?  


joan_crystal said:

A debate is surfacing (see May 3 TC meeting on YouTube) as to whether the pool is a country club or a town facility.  Should the taxpayers be paying for repairs and providing in kind services if only fee paying members are able to use the facility?  Should swimming lessons at the pool be open to the entire town if not everyone pays to join?  

That’s wild. Wouldn’t that open a major can of worms in every community that has a town pool? An awful lot of people won’t be able to afford to join municipal pools if they raise the membership fees to cover expenses to be paid only by members. 


Heynj said:

joan_crystal said:

A debate is surfacing (see May 3 TC meeting on YouTube) as to whether the pool is a country club or a town facility.  Should the taxpayers be paying for repairs and providing in kind services if only fee paying members are able to use the facility?  Should swimming lessons at the pool be open to the entire town if not everyone pays to join?  

That’s wild. Wouldn’t that open a major can of worms in every community that has a town pool? An awful lot of people won’t be able to afford to join municipal pools if they raise the membership fees to cover expenses to be paid only by members. 

An awful lot of people can't afford it now


The pool is not a line item in Town's budget.  The pool is a utility and is a separate legal entity from the Township.

The pool's budget is funded by the pool fees.  The Town has floated bonds in the past for capital investments and updates at the pool and there have been some other exceptions.

I'm not sure what all this will mean to the recent debate about access for all versus access only for paying members.


yahooyahoo said:

The pool is not a line item in Town's budget.  The pool is a utility and is a separate legal entity from the Township.

I didn't listen to the township meeting, but while it's not a line item, I believe the Township's staff from the Recreation Department provide significant time/effort (e.g., on pool construction/opening/hiring/membership payments and management system, etc.)  I assume the township pays for this time, software, etc., and not the pool fees.



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