FAIRFIELD, NJ — Council President William Galese made an official announcement that the Fairfield Township pool will not reopen this year, and repairs to the pool are being looked into.

Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini, at Monday’s Township Council meeting, explained that the pool has to be “self-funding.” Any work that the township does for the pool, such as lawn maintenance, must be billed to the pool. It’s a self-sustaining entity that needs to pay for lifeguards, improvements and more.  

Because of the COVID fear, membership was calculated to be way down. Business Administrator Joseph Catenaro said that the cost of joining the pool would have had to be three times the 2019 cost. 

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North Caldwell’s pool will be accepting Fairfield residents.

Recreation Director Anthony Pompei told TAPinto West Essex that an email blast went out to all families that were pool members in 2019 asking them if they were interested in joining the pool this season. This request of interest also was up on their website. 

Out of 122 families, 77 responded that they were interested. Out of the 68 senior citizens, 44 responded with interest. Pompei said, “The pool closing was a hard decision to make, but the pool needs to be fiscally responsible.”

Senior citizens in town were asking why they did not receive a questionnaire. When TAP asked if letters were mailed to all 2019 pool members, Pompei stated that letters have not gone out through the recreation department for about 10 years. All communication is done through email and their website. He also mentioned the fact that the Golden Agers Club has not met in over a year due to COVID, and this group communicated a lot of important information to seniors. 

Pompei said that they are looking to make repairs and improvements to the pool. They are seeking prices, and when the facts are in, they will be making a decision on how to move forward. 

Gasparini also said that he wanted to make it clear that the pool is part of Fairfield Parks and Recreation, and the township cannot sell the land to build more housing, as rumors have said.