Milton Community Pool Will Not Open for 2020 Season
Milton, Pa. – The Milton Community Pool will not open for the 2020 season due to the inability to complete necessary repairs on the pump house wall and identify and patch a significant leak in the diving well area because of restrictions on construction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Public Works Department was in the process of receiving quotes from multiple construction companies to complete repairs to the rear block wall of the pump house at The Milton Community Pool immediately prior to the COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. “I had received two quotes from local contractors in early March, anticipating plenty of time to get a professional masonry crew scheduled and in to complete the work prior to opening for the season,” said Sam Shaffer, Public Works Director. He added, “Right now, even if the stay-at-home order is lifted on April 30, there is no guarantee that a masonry crew will be available immediately to begin work on the project May 1”.
The necessary repairs to both the block wall and diving well are estimated to take between four and six weeks to complete. “This decision was not made without weighing all the options and careful consideration,” said Jess Novinger, Borough Manager. “There are many pieces to this puzzle in addition to the construction, like hiring seasonal staff with an uncertain opening date, seasonal staff availability due to summer make-up classes or returning to school early, fund-raising efforts postponed due to the stay-at-home order, and many other factors went into making this difficult recommendation to Council”. Milton Borough Council made a motion to accept the Borough Manager’s recommendation to not open the Milton Community Pool with a 7-3 passing vote.
“This decision was very difficult to make but necessary for not only the wellness of our residents but the maintenance of the pool. I realize many families enjoy the community pool and we will miss seeing you all and the staff this year. I look forward to a great season next year,” said Shelly Sandstrom, Borough Secretary/Treasurer, who oversaw the day-to-day operations of the pool last season.
The maintenance items will be addressed as soon as possible, and the Borough staff is looking forward to an excellent 2021 season at The Milton Community Pool. For anyone that already purchased a season pass to The Milton Community Pool the Borough will offer a full refund, if desired, or extend the pass through the 2021 season. To anyone that may have won a season pass to the Milton Community Pool, that pass will now be good for the 2021 season. The Borough apologizes for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause the residents.