Graydon Opening Times Revised
Council approves plan to open at 10 a.m. through mid-August.
Graydon Pool will be open to young and old at an earlier hour than initially planned after supporters of the plake lobbied the council to roll back the proposed hours.
On Wednesday night, the village council (sans Councilman Paul Aronsohn) agreed to open Graydon at 10 a.m. each weekday and weekend through August 12.
The Parks & Recreation Department previously told the council there could be some savings in opening at 12 p.m. for the first 13 weekdays in June and the last 15 weekdays in August.
Village Manager Ken Gabbert said the two separate periods would have saved $11,400 in total.
The idea, some on the council and many in the public said, seemed at odds with the goal to bring higher levels of participation at the pool. Many bring young children to the pool on Linwood and Maple during those hours, they said.
While the council agreed to a consistent 10 a.m. opening time through mid-August, because of budget concerns the 12 p.m. open time in late August remains – for now.
At the suggestion of Mayor Keith Killion, the council agreed unanimously to revert to the 10 a.m. time during June but will hold off on August unless money can be found in the budget, expected to be passed by July.
"Every $10,000 is significant," Gabbert said. "It becomes a staffing concern."
Council members Bernadette Walsh and Killion suggested fundraising efforts and perhaps holding youth dances at the parcel to help shore up the financial losses.
In related Graydon news, the council officially revised the plan to charge seniors $25 for season badge passes, reducing the final sum to $20.