New renovations approved for Loyalsock Township pool

The township’s recreation and parks department gave Loyalsock Township supervisors an updated plan on the renovations to the pool restroom at the Loyalsock Pool.

With a new projected cost of $190,568, the new restroom plans include various changes. With changes to flooring, LED lighting, and a reduced number of plumbing fixtures, the department was able to reduce the cost of the renovations significantly.

“We saw the usage numbers and decided to reduce the number of fixtures we would need,” said Shannon Lukowsky, Loyalsock Township Recreation Director.

An aspect of the renovations that is of high importance to the recreation and parks department is the accessibility of its facilities to those who may be differently abled. Both the women’s and men’s bathrooms will include an Americans With Disabilities, or ADA, accessible area for use.

“It’s really important to us that we’re able to have it be accessible to everyone who wants to use the pool,” said Lukowsky.

The board voted to approve Resolution 2019-02, which would allow Lukowsky to apply for a grant that would give the township 50% of the project funding. Supervisors Virginia M. Eaton, John C. Bower Jr., and Richard H. Wheeland voted to approve the resolution, with supervisors Paul D. Nyman and Marc C. Sortman voting against the motion.

The parks and recreation department are expected to begin renovations to the restrooms fall of 2020, if awarded the grant, with the project projected to be completed in the spring of 2021.

In addition, the recreation and parks department announced that they are in “high need” of lifeguards. Those who are interested in the position are instructed to apply at the Loyalsock Township Recreation Center.

In other business, Loyalsock township tax collector Dottie Mertz announced to the board that while her department will maintain its normal hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, it will be open for extended hours April 29 and 30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The department also notes that property owners are submitting their real estate tax fees, as they are due by the end of April for their 2%