GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Borough Council voted last night to discontinue moving forward with a plan to open the borough's pool, a decision the council said was not a reversal from its June 10 deliberation to "make a more detailed plan for the pool opening."
On June 10, the council unanimously approved a resolution put forth by councilwoman Mary Barchetto to "move forward with making a more detailed plan for the pool opening with the understanding it will be a financial loss and the understanding dates will be flexible based on the science that develops while doing this; and should there be a rise in the infection rate in other areas that opened pools, the council reserves the right to cease any progression with this should we consider it a safety issue."
The decision was due to coronavirus concerns, which brings about proper disinfecting procedures and proper staff training to handle social distancing while at the pool. While the infection rate has decreased dramatically in the last three months during the statewide shutdown, getting back up to speed for the borough and businesses alike has come with state-driven mandated safety restrictions. The council unanimously determined safety concerns were paramount in their decision to keep the pool closed this year. Eight people in the borough and almost 13,000 people statewide have perished from the virus since March.
Today, Barchetto said the council had not actually approved the opening of the pool during its June 10 meeting. "We approved moving forward with a plan," she said, therefore nulifying the idea the council had reversed its original decision.
Borough Administrator Lenora Benjamin confirmed the borough would lose "tens of thousands of dollars" if the pool were to open for the summer. "This is a major revenue source for us," she said, referring to the annual anticipated budget line item.
The pool was slated to bring in $350,000 this year, but even when the borough cut that to $150,000, it would have operated at a loss this year, Benjamin said.
The upkeep on the pool, even when dormant, will cost taxpayers. At this time, the exact amount of any loss has not been determined.