Baby talk…Adamstown officials discuss cost, design of new toddlers’ pool

By on February 15, 2017

In the deep chill of winter, swimming pool designs were the topic of the evening at the Feb. 7 Adamstown Borough Council meeting.

Councilwoman Jessica Kelly, reporting from the board of recreation, presented council with three designs for a renovated baby pool for the Adamstown Community Pool.

The pool will cost about $200,000.

“We started out at $150K and now we’re just shy of $200K,” said Councilwoman Cindy Schweitzer.

A zero-depth, or “beach entry” pool seems important to residents.

“Jessica had done an informal survey and zero-depth was important, and so was shape and I think we’re capturing those two,” said Schweitzer.

Mike Burkholder was a visitor at the meeting and asked a question.

“How much bigger is this in size than the pool we have now?

“I think the pool out there now is 20 feet by 40 feet and the new pool will be 23 feet by 33 feet,” said Mike Palm, public works director.

The pool is expected to be open for the 2018 season. The current baby pool is 50 years old.

Lt. Christopher McKim of the Ephrata Police Department which provides coverage for the borough, discussed 2016 traffic enforcement statistics for Adamstown.

“There were a total of 45 citations written,” said McKim. “The largest were equipment and inspection violations and the second largest amount was registration.

“We had very few moving violations. There’s a glaring absence of speeding citations; there aren’t any. We’ve got a lot of people ready to go on speed-timing devices and ready to go with speed details in all the municipalities we serve.”

McKim gave details of the response time portion of the 2016 report that had given rise to earlier questions.

“Any call that I saw was under one-minute response time, I threw out,” said McKim. “I now know was not a reasonable course of action because you’re in Adamstown Borough and you get a call and you arrive within a minute, it’s not that big.

“This time I examined every single high-priority call including Code Ones and Code Twos. Code One is usually medical. Not every one of those the police should go to because some of those are medical and aren’t all a police primary function, so the ones I examined were police primary functions.”

Response time was a great concern during police negotiations two years ago.

“For a Code One with really high priority calls, our response times averaged six minutes and three seconds, about 11 calls evaluated,” said McKim.

McKim also told council that Ephrata Police Department business representatives expect to soon provide a cost estimate to fund a drug task force officer.

Department officials hope the cost would be split between the municipalities covered by Ephrata police.

Council did not have questions for McKim

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