Scott pool could open week of June 2

Published May 30, 2014 at 10:07 am (Updated May 30, 2014 at 10:07 am)

While unable to open the pool at Scott Park in time for Memorial Day weekend, township officials are cautiously optimistic that it will be filled and ready for business during the week of June 2.

At the Scott Township Commissioners’ regular meeting on May 27, township manager Denise Fitzgerald said that the 45-year-old pool had several leaks and repairs were being made. She said it was possible that they could start filling the pool on May 29, with the pool ready to open toward the beginning of the week of June 2.

Code enforcement officer Bob Fischer said that the leaks were on the main seams and joints of the pool, and while they were hopeful that the repairs would work, there were no guarantees.

Fischer said the repairs being made were “a Band-Aid at this point.”

Fitzgerald said she and Commissioner Eileen Meyers, chair of Parks and Recreation, had already started discussing options for more long-term repairs of the pool. She said she had heard of other communities that had installed liners in their pools, but needed to research the options before making any recommendations.

When asked what type of costs would be incurred for the long-term repairs, Fitzgerald did not want to speculate without doing research.

Commissioner Bill Wells suggested that the board should determine what needed to be done to repair the pool before spending any of the township’s bond money on planned park improvements. Wells said some of the money could possibly be reallocated to pool repairs.

For updates on when Scott’s pool will be open, residents should refer to the township’s website, www.scott-twp.com.

At the same meeting, Fischer presented the board with the new proposed zoning ordinance for the township. Fischer commended John Vogel, Emily Palmer, and April Showers for the work they did on the ordinance.

The board approved advertising a June 4 public meeting and an August 26 public hearing to review the proposed zoning ordinance. The June 4 meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ conference room, is sponsored by the planning commission to present an overview of the ordinance and have public input into the process.

After the public meeting, the ordinance will be sent to Allegheny County for approval before the public hearing August.

In other business, board president David Jason announced that the township was opening its summer recreation program to all communities, not just residents of Scott Township.

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