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Sistersville Park and Pool Board Discusses 2021 Opening

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | Feb 17, 2021

The Sistersville Park and Pool Board held their monthly meeting on February 1, 2021 at the City Building. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Connie Boyd. Members attending were Barb Vincent, Mary Ann Rutherford, Sherie Kemp and Mayor Bill Rice. Absent were Wayne Martin and Russell Weekly.

Under old business plans to replace the pump house roof at the pool are moving forward. Although absent from the meeting, board member Russell Weekly submitted supply costs of $749 to replace the roof on the pump house of the city pool. The city workers will be doing the construction. Russell will fit this job into the city crew’s work schedule. The board unanimously approved the expense.

Also under old business award money in the amount of $5000 had been received and deposited from the Harry E. and Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust Foundation allowing for new door installations at both the park shelter concession stand and pump house of the pool to move forward. Door fabrication and installation will be done by Dennis Miller Doors and Windows of Sardis, Ohio.

Under new business the board reviewed the cost of new youth/adult swing seats and chains for the park. All park equipment was recently painted by volunteers from the Sistersville Lions Club, and the swings are in need of an upgrade. Approval was granted to order 4 new saddle swings and chains. The purchase of new baby swings will be reviewed at the next meeting in March.

Also under new business the board discussed the condition of the basketball courts in the park. The courts see heavy use in the summer with league activity as well as youth pickup games. The court surface is cracked and needs repaired, and hoops and backboards need repaired or replaced. Sherie Kemp, board member, has been investigating costs of resurfacing the courts. Sherie is speaking with area businesses about the possibility of donating materials and labor for resurfacing, but hasn’t heard back to date. Further discussion was tabled until the next meeting pending updates from possible donors.

The next order of business was a lengthy discussion on the opening of the Park and Pool for the summer 2021 season. The board feels strongly the pool needs to open this summer for area youth and those adults seeking exercise or aquatic therapy. Last summer, because of Corona virus concerns, the decision was made to keep the pool closed. After investigating several city pools in our state that had successful and safe seasons last summer, the pool board is moving forward with plans for a Memorial Day weekend opening. A few things must fall into place, like the installation of some new piping, the release of Governor Justice’s guidelines for safe pool openings and the hiring and training of the summer pool staff. Pool Board President Connie Boyd said, “We want the community to know we are doing everything we can to make sure the pool is open this summer and operates safely within the guidelines set by Governor Justice. This is the time of year when the board needs to be active to facilitate a timely opening.” Traditionally the Park and Pool begins to advertise for summer employees during the month of March.