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Church Hill public swimming pool ended summer with $40,000 deficit

September 22nd, 2013 11:50 am by Jeff Bobo

Church Hill public swimming pool ended summer with $40,000 deficit

CHURCH HILL — The Church Hill public swimming pool usually operates in the red every summer, but this past summer’s deficit was extensively higher than usual due mainly to debt incurred by a renovation and rainy weather which resulted in a major decrease in attendance.

This past summer the pool generated $56,400 in revenue, compared to $96,440 in expenditures, for a total loss of $40,047.

Excluding the pool’s $16,511 debt payment this year, which stemmed from a recent renovation, the pool actually operated at a $23,536 loss for the summer.

City Recorder Mark Sandidge gave the Board of Mayor and Aldermen a report on the pool during Tuesday’s meeting.

City leaders said Tuesday they weren’t surprised by the deficit. The pool operates at a loss every year and is considered a service the community that’s worth paying for.

Sandidge said the pool generated around $72,000 in revenue in 2012, which was a record year, about $3,000 more than any previous summer.

Mayor Dennis Deal noted, however that the summer of 2012 had a lot more hot weather, and a lot less rain.

In 2012 pool attendance was around 14,000, but this past summer it was down to 10,000.

“I thought it was going to be worse than that,” Deal told the BMA Tuesday. “The good side of it is, thank the good Lord we did not have an accident, and we did not have a drowning. We’re very fortunate, and I thought (the deficit) would be worse. It’s part of doing business. It is what it is. We can’t control the weather.”

In other business Tuesday the BMA:

• Agreed to add two addresses to the Carters Valley sewer extension approved last month. At its September meeting the BMA agreed to extend sewer service to the Tiny Giant Market at the intersection of Carters Valley Road and North Central Avenue. 

The owner of the market had agreed to pay the cost of the extension at a rate of $1,000 per month.

Deal said a nearby church had also requested sewer service so that it can build on a piece of recently acquired property.

The two addresses added tot he project include 4264 Carters Valley Road and 115 Hickory Hills Road, and the church will share the cost with Tiny Giant, each of which will pay $1,000 per month.

• Accepted the low bid of $72,423 from W&L Paving to pave a section of South Central Avenue from Main Street to 11-W; as well as a section of the Derrick Park parking lot.

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