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Baldwin Borough pool rate increase for season being discussed

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Taking a dip in the Baldwin Borough municipal pool could cost an extra $5 for season pass holders this summer.

Borough Manager John Barrett last week recommended an increase for season pass holders be implemented this year, averaging about $5 a season pass. This would be the first increase in pool rates in six years, he said.

“It's time,” Barrett said.

Borough Council on Tuesday, in a unanimous vote, tabled the plan, seeking

Attendance at the borough pool, nestled behind the Baldwin municipal building on Churchview Avenue, has steadily increased since 2009, Barrett said.

Each year, the pool has required a transfer of money from the borough's general fund to keep it running.

The borough paid $88,877 in 2009 to cover operations at the pool. That number dropped to $46,877 in 2010 and $53,000 in 2011 but increased again in 2012 to $93,000. Borough officials have budgeted a $50,301 transfer from the general fund in 2013 to finance pool operations.

The borough contribution varied each year, based on capital improvements needed at the pool, Barrett said.

“These pools do take a lot of money for upkeep,” said Barrett, noting that Baldwin is not alone in its need to financially support the community swimming pool.

Borough officials have taken measures to reduce costs at the pool, such as having an outside vendor operate the concession stand, Barrett said. The borough now makes money from food sales.

The largest costs for the pool are salaries and maintenance.

“It costs more to run that pool (these days),” Councilman Ed Moeller said.

The price hike would not be enough to eliminate the borough's contribution to the pool.

“From the day that pool was built, it's been a loser,” Councilman John “Butch” Ferris said. “That pool wasn't built to make money off of.”

If the increase is implemented, an individual season pass would go from $50 to $55 for Baldwin residents and $75 to $80 for nonresidents. Family passes for Baldwin residents would increase to $145 this year and nonresidents would pay $210.

Baldwin officials also plan to add a midseason pass this year. A reduced rate also will be offered for evening passes.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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