Pool policy progress

Bellevue Council voted Tuesday to approve the initial readings of ordinances related to the swimming pool operation this year.

Motions to require a 1:25 lifeguard-swimmer ratio and create a new assistant manager position died for lack of seconds at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Also rejected, in a 4-3 vote, was a motion to require the pool manager to have a Red Cross water safety instructor certification. Council president Linda Woshner said that the WSI is required only if Red Cross swim lessons are offered, but that other teaching methods can be used to offer lessons. Voting against the motion were Woshner, Jane Braunlich and Jim and Susan Viscusi. Opposed were Mark Helbling, Jim Scisciani and Frank Camello. Kathy Coder and Mark Panichella were absent.

Council voted to create a position for assistant manager/head lifeguard so that the assistant manager could be placed in the lifeguard rotation when not working as a manager. A second head lifeguard also will be hired.

Council also agreed to add the position of concession stand manager to the borough’s personnel code.

Public hearings on these changes will be held April 3 at 6:45 p.m. before they receive final approval.

Also in pool-related matters, council voted to open the pool Memorial Day weekend, the weekend of June 2-3 and daily beginning June 7. Daily admissions will decrease from $7 to $6, with a $4 charge for those entering the pool after 4 p.m.

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