No vend in sight?

By on April 1, 2015

Pool snack bar likely to return

Ephrata Borough Council had pondered the idea of forgoing the swim club’s snack bar after a search for a vendor to operate it stalled.

But the Community Services Committee on March 16 received “a last-minute proposal” from a vendor to operate the Ephrata Community Pool’s snack bar, according to borough officials.CE20141203A1201

Until then the borough had seriously considered using vending machines as a replacement.

But the vending idea drew considerable backlash on social media, namely The Ephrata Review’s Facebook page.

Nancy Harris, planning and engineering manager, noted that at one time there were vending machines at the pool, and “it’s a possibility to bring them back.”

But that looks unlikely now.

Harris confirmed last week that the proposal received from a group to run the snack bar looks good.

“Pending successful background checks, (the committee) intends to award the 2015 concession season at the April 13 council meeting.”

Steve Brown, the former snack bar operator, and the vendor, who made the proposal to operate the snack bar declined to comment until the final decision is made.

That vendor, who operates businesses in Adamstown, also asked not to be identified until an agreement is reached with Ephrata Borough.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4455.

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