HARDY, Ky. – Area families will have one less fun activity to enjoy this summer.
Pike County, Kentucky District Six Magistrate Bobby Varney, recently spoke with the Williamson Daily News about the closing of the Hardy swimming pool this summer.
Varney explained that due to budget cuts in the Pike County Fiscal Court something had to give and the cost of operating the pool for the season is approximately $60,000.
Varney said that much money could possibly save someone’s job.
Varney said, “I would rather not open the pool this year and save a job, I don’t want to take food off the table of a family.”
According to Varney, four lifeguards have to be hired each season, certification training and wages, chemicals for the pool and inspections twice during the season add up and if problems such as leaks or repairs occur, the operating cost are more than the initial amount.
Varney said, the county is hoping to be able to open the pool next summer and are considering several options, including consulting with some private individuals who may be interested in making this a reality. Also, a possibility of increasing admission for the pool from $1.00 per day to $3.00 per was discussed, but that idea was not approved.
Earlier this year it was announced that the Williamson pool in West End, operated by the Williamson Park Board, would not open again this summer. That pool has several mechanical and structural problems. The Park Board is also faced with the same financial concerns as the Pike County pool, and other throughout the region.
(Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Gilbert Times and Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected])