NEWTON, NJ -    Area residents will have to find other plans for the summer with the Town of Newton announcing the pool will not be opened this year.  The news came from a letter released by the town manager Thomas S. Russo Jr on Thursday.

Citing an extensive list of “severe structural issues” Russo said the decision to remain closed through this summer was in consultation with the town council members during the annual budget process. The estimate was approximately $250,000 to make the repairs.

The list of needed repairs:

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  • Multiple cracks in the plaster,
  • Multiple bubles in the plaster that could break at any time,
  • Several broken tiles with sharp edges that could cause injuries,
  • Cracked coping at the top edge of the pool,
  • Broken hydrostatic valve in the main drain causing the pool to leak,
  • Severed electrical line to the exterior lighting,
  • Lack of ventilation moisture buildup and oxidation of pipes
  • Torn umbrellas

According to Russo the town has spent $1.5 million in the past twenty years on the pool facility. 

“In order for us to move forward we must ensure the tax dollars we are entrusted to spend wisely are just that, spent in the most prudent fashion possible,” Russo said.

The letter acknowledges the pool has been a great amenity for families in Newton and surrounding areas for years, with children learning to swim, compete on swim teams, celebrate birthdays and “other positive life-enriching activities.”

The council directed Russo to use money in the budget to study and analyze the pool over the next three to six months and to develop a plan for the future.  Russo said in his letter those plans could include “renovations, upgrades, modifications as well as potential permanent closure or retrofitting the pool to a splash pad.”

Russo asked that anyone with questions or comments reach out directly at trusso@newtontownhall.com.