Denver discusses ‘non-traditional’ pool passes

By on June 29, 2011

By: KIMBERLY MARSELAS Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Denver households with non-traditional families may be able to buy pool passes at a discount next year.

At its June 27 meeting, borough council debated adding a household rate to its pool pass options. A family pass is currently limited to a mother, father and children under 18 living at the same address.

But borough manager Mike Hession took the expanded pass option to the borough’s recreation committee after several non-traditional families asked if a pass could accommodate adult children or grandparents living in one home.

"The time is probably (here) to recognize that families come in all shapes and sizes," said council president Kevin Brandt. "I think the idea would be to get as many people to the pool as we can."

Some members said a more expensive household pass that covers multiple generations at one house might make sense given the economy; although priced higher than a family pass, it would still offer financial relief compared to individual passes.

But others, including Mayor Adam Webber, said allowing too many people on one pass would be like giving away entrance fees. Others worried that non-Denver residents might take advantage of the pass and sign on with extended family members.

"We’re still supposed to be responsible and fund the cost of the pool," said Rodney Redcay.

Alternatives discussed included requiring extra adults to show proof of residency to join, or simply expanding the current family pass to include adult children up to age 21.

Council will continue to debate the issue with a decision expected before 2012 pool passes go on sale.

In other news, Lancaster County Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Gockley presented the borough’s own emergency coordinator with a certificate on the completion of basic training. Andy Boyer must now complete advanced certification within the next two years. Each municipality within the county is required to have a trained coordinator, who acts as a liaison between emergency crews and elected officials.

"This is the person the community looks to in time of crisis or an emergency in the municipality," Gockley said.

Council also discussed the temporary closure of a stone alley off of Pine Street. Margaret Shalter of 417 Pine St. plans to host a vacation Bible school at her home July 18 through July 22 and wants to use the alley as spillover for the participants between 5 and 9 p.m. Hession plans to contact residents who use the alley to access off-street parking, and council will make a decision on the temporary closure at its next meeting.

Hession also presented a grant application that would cover the cost of two new solar-powered flashing school signals on South Fourth Street. The original lights were installed in the 1980s and are becoming hard to repair. If approved, the $12,500 to replace them would come from the state’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Transportation Grant program, which distributes fees from Philadelphia’s red light cameras around the state.

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