GALLIPOLIS — With continued budget concerns voiced by the Gallipolis City Commission, City Manager Gene Greene says a group of individuals are attempting to come together to start fundraisers to finance the Gallipolis Municipal Pool’s maintenance.
Greene had previously addressed concerns with whether the city had the funds to continue funding sport efforts in city parks along with the pool. Commissioners and city officials would agree on keeping the pool open for the 2017 year. Greene said that if the pool was shut down for a year and reopened in a coming year, the city would need to spend what he deemed a large chunk of money in order to bring it up to legal code standards. If the pool continued on as it had, they city did not have to spend the same amount of money.
Greene said area citizens, such as Mindy Caldwell, of French City Academy, along with members of the Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club and others, had expressed interest in attempting to get fundraisers off the ground in an attempt to keep the pool open.
Movie nights in Gallipolis City Park had been discussed, along with teen dances, pool parties and more, Greene said.
“Junior Women’s Club, 30 some years ago, they were the one’s that actually, initially started the levy for the pool that built the pool,” said Greene. “They are on board with it.”
Greene said he spoke with Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague recently about a community grant development opportunity which may also serve as another option to fund pool maintenance efforts.
Greene said the pool is in need of a new filtration system as the old one is potentially 37 years-old now. He said he thought it may take upwards of $15,000 to replace it. The pool may likely need re-caulked in the future to keep waterproof seals in place. Ideally in the future, the city would also like to update the bathrooms of the pool facility.
The Gallipolis City Pool’s water testing is performed by the local water treatment plant. The Gallipolis City Maintenance Department maintains the grounds and orders chlorine.
The pool first opened July 26, 1986. The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club continued to contribute donations for the pool’s construction and operation. The women’s club was a main supporter, pushing to get the pool’s operation off the ground in the interest of giving area youth an activity to partake of in the summer.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.