Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had earlier announced that Ohio pools could reopen May 26 as part the state’s lifting of restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
West Carrollton City Council members had talked recently about whether to open the pool this year and opted to hold off on a decision until after DeWine’s announcement.
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Because of projected losses in income tax revenue due to business shutdowns and job cuts because of COVID-19, West Carrollton has already slashed its budget, and the pool is not a self-sustaining operation, Townsend said.
The pool’s costs are subsidized by the city to keep rates affordable for residents, city officials have said.
The city’s core mission is the health, safety and welfare of the community, with a priority on providing safety and other basic services, West Carrollton officials said.
Opening the pool includes a myriad of tasks, including prepping and maintaining the pool, personnel hiring, training, scheduling and managing the site, according to the city.
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In response to the Ohio Department of Health’s mandatory operating guidelines as well as the requirements to “maintain social distancing and additional sanitizing practices indefinitely,” not opening the pool was the best choice, according city officials said.