Adamstown pool seeks grants, ADA compliance

By on March 12, 2014

Adamstown Borough Council plans to make the borough swim club compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

However that appears easier said than done.

Currently, those who enter the Adamstown Commuity Pool must navigate a flight of steps after checking in at the main gate.

There are also steps leading to restrooms and locker rooms

During the March 4 meeting, council members suggested the borough apply for a grant to help offset the cost to make the significant, necessary improvements.

This configuration makes it difficult for strollers or wheelchairs to access into the pool and use restroom and locker areas, said council member Cindy Schweitzer.

“We have mothers coming there with piles of kids and strollers and to navigate down those stairs is difficult,” she said. If we can get rid of those stairs, I think that would be a plus for our pool.”

Bob Lynn, of Hanover Engineering, discussed possible solutions to address ADA issues with the entrance, baby pool, and restrooms.

One possibilility was to make the gate by the concession stand handicapped accessible.

“What we discussed was an option where we can either set it up with a video system with a buzzer button that someone would see them and open the gate for them, or that they would come to the ticket booth which would still be accessible at that point and then have someone go down with them to let them in,” Lynn said.

When asked about eliminating the entrance stairs, Lynn offered three possible scenarios for ramps that would be ADA compliant.

“The ramp replacement at the existing steps would be a large structure as the running length would need to be about 34 feet and would need to meet specific landing and turning requirements for ADA compliance,” said Lynn. “At this point, we have not completely ruled it out and we are looking at several options, including the ramp, to make the pool accessible.”

Discussion continued on more ADA improvements, including the possibility of installing removable a lift that lowers into the pool.

“You have more than 300 feet of perimeter pool wall which requires two ADA accessible entrances to the pool,” Lynn said. “Your ramp would be one; you would probably want to put a lift in the other one. A lift would be about $3,000 .”

Lynn said installing the would not interfere with swim team activities.

Other ADA changes include adding a unisex family type restroom with a changing table, lockers, a bench, shower and changes to the kiddie pool.

“We will also be making the kiddie pool a zero-entrance pool-meaning that you won’t step down into it as the perimeter will be sloped from the walkway to the bottom of the pool; the water depth will be zero inches at the edge of the pool and will gradually increase to 12 inches at the center of the pool,” said Lynn.

Other positive changes include getting rid of much of the interior paving areas and replacing with grass and some pathways to make it more appealing to lay out towels.

Council members appeared apprehensive about the cost which includes replacing the entire electrical system.

“I didn’t price anything on the pool or restrooms at this point because we’re going through the grant process,” said Lynn. “You’re probably looking at least $60-70,000 dollars at least to just to update the facilities and the restroom and replace the roof and plus the cost of the additional restroom.”

Council this year budgeted funds for a new pool liner and money to resurface the slide. It unanimously approved to refinish the slide at a cost of $10,194 which does not include painting it.

The slide should be ready for this summer, but the other changes will have to wait until 2015 or 16 until grant is allocated from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Council President Randy Good suggested the borough look to purchase item such as fixtures, lockers and partitions through the state program “like we did with the sewer plant on certain items.”

“There is a registered plumber on the recreation board who has volunteered to do some work as well, so I look at that portion of it, we may be able to do a lot of it ourselves and save substantial money,” Good said. “When you look how Mike (Palm) did the replacement of the generator at the pool, buying all the electrical components through grant money, that worked out very well. We can avoid contractors’ mark-up and other things and can do a lot of it with internal employees.”

Town Clock

Adamstown has been without a town clock since 1761. Interested citizens suggest a new one be built and go in between the Borough office and the antique store rather than up on Main Street.

“I have talked to one business in town and they would be very interested in supporting a fundraiser and participating in it,” said Randy Good.

Some council members pointed out it would have to be changed during daylight-saving time and it’s not needed because most people have clocks in their cars or cell phones.

“I’m not all excited about it, it’s just a long-term maintenance headache,” said Cindy Schweitzer. “I think money going towards this could go towards some other organizations in town that probably need money like the library and Lions Club. We don’t really have a town square to put it in.”

The cost of the town clock is approximately $25,000.

In other business:

“The Planning Commission reviewed a draft of the updated FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) map which marks the 100-year flood boundaries. A new map will be drafted which will affect some residents and their property. Higher flood insurance costs will potentially ensue.

“The Borough has been in negotiations with the bank which owns the undeveloped portions of Stoudtburg Village regarding the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Stoudtburg Road and Route 272. The bank would give $175,000 to the Borough for the reconstruction to Stoudtburg Road in lieu of the Borough releasing the Letter of Credit. In addition to the $175,000, the Borough will also receive $3,500 for outstanding inspection fees that the developer did not pay. Notifications will be sent to three property owners along Stoudtburg Road affected by the new sanitary sewer line, requiring them to connect to the new line by the end of 2014. Stoudtburg Village Property Owners Association will be notified that the crosswalk from Stoudtburg Road to Wonderful Good Market will be removed and replaced by a painted crosswalk and might include additional signage on the road. The reconstruction should be completed by September.

“Council adopted two ordinances brought forth by the borough solicitor based on calculations done by Hanover Engineering to increase the water and sewer tapping fees which is accessed by every new home or office. They were last updated in 2009. Current water tap fees are $2,646 and are will increase to $2,897. Current sewer tap fees are $3,093 and are proposed to increase to $3,813.

“Council discussed the 3rd annual Rumspringa Half Marathon which will take place on April 6. The popularity of the race is growing every year and should expect nearly 500 runners. They will travel to Adamstown, stay at local hotels and visit restaurants and businesses over the weekend which is a boost to the economy. The Borough will work with the Cocalico Police Department to manage road crossings and traffic which will be affected from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“Council approved the purchase and installation of a new swing set for the grove which will include two baby swings, tow toddler swings, a main structure and ground covering. The cost is approximately $6,400 and is expected to be up by early summer.

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