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Williamstown still mulling opening of city pool

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown City Council is still deciding whether to open Williamstown city pool.

According to Mayor Jean Ford, the city still needs more information to make the decision.

The two major points of information Ford said were needed are the total circumference of the pool to know what the maximum capacity is, and if it would be cost efficient to open the pool at all.

“Schools are looking to start back in August so we won’t be open long, and it takes time to open a pool up,” said Ford.

According to Ford the city did go ahead and pay for the permit from the health department to reopen their pool in case the council decides to open it.

“I don’t know how much our revenue will be hit due to the coronavirus shut down, but I expect around $40,000,” said Marty Seufer. “If we don’t open the pool as well we will be hit with even more revenue loss and I don’t know if we can afford to take a hit on both.”

Seufer suggested that due to the hit the revenue could see, the city may consider raising property taxes next year to make up for the loss.

Announcements made at the council meeting Tuesday night.

· Early voting started Tuesday and election day will be on June 9.

“It is important for everyone to exercise their right to vote,” said Ford.

Voting is being held at Williamstown High School in the new gym.

· Council is discussing reopening the building safety committee meetings in the council chambers, but other committee meetings are still being held by livestream or telephone conferences.

According to City Attorney Blaine Myers, the chambers are just too small, so they cannot meet in the chamber while adhering to the guidelines set by Gov. Jim Justice.

That being said council members wanted to let the public know that if they have any questions, concerns or comments to address with council they can contact city clerk Stephanie Stengel by calling the city building or emailing her at williamstown@suddenlinkmail.com to voice those comments, concerns or questions before the council meeting.

· Ford said she has been receiving calls asking about why Tomlinson Park is closed. She said it is to protect the community and the children because, like the bathrooms, playground equipment would need to be sanitized after usage and they do not have the manpower to keep up with every child who would be in the park and make sure that everything is sanitized at all times.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com.

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