The pools were financed half by the work of three local women citizens and the city obtained the other half of the funds.
This was to get the youth out of the river and creeks to prevent the drownings every year.
It was to provide a place for older residents a place to swim and events held.
Support from the residents could help IF the city manages the funds CORRECTLY and not use it somewhere else... hmmmm....
How about it Gabe?
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I hope they re-open some pools simply so the city folks stop swimming at the local creeks and rivers and leaving their diapers and trash lying around.
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I recently returned to Williamsport for a family reunion and IMO, any money should be spent to repair the pitiful condition of ALL of the city's streets. West 4th Street - for one - is a disgrace for a town the size of Williamsport. And whose "bright idea" was it to stick WHS way back up in the wooded hills of Newberry? Shameful!
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The new high school has been up on that hill in Newberry since the mid '70s. You've been gone a long time if you've just noticed.
Why should taxpayers be burdened with the cost of pools if they don't use them?
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Why should taxpayers be burdened with the cost of pools if they don't use them? -Garden
The same could be said for Bowman Field and many other ventures this city has taken on.
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The taxpayers have put into this city for years and the pools ran fine even though the cost kept going up to use it. Even events that used the pools had to pay a hefty price.
The city felt to use any excess funds elsewhere and let the repairs wait another year.
When the economic crunch hit, rather than to approach the citizens or businesses for help, it is easier to close the pools and cry no funds to cover what the next agenda is to use the pool spaces for.
The pools could be saved if the city council (people in charge) would like to restore them by putting it (and ideas) before the community.
What do you think??
The answer should be all of the above. (A)This is Something the city can no longer afford, (B)which is a legitimate expense that provides a recreational outlet and hopefully helps keeps kids out of trouble, and (C)should be resolved by opening it to a private sector and perhaps local community grant sources to provide the needed money. It is obvious that the city is incapable of providing the money, and or budgeting the costs correctly, so by pushing the cost onto the tax payers they are just putting a band aid on an issue that in a year or two will need to be replaced. Let someone that is capable of correctly handling the issue take over (i.e. private sector). What is the benefit of the city holding the authority over the pools, it obviously is not a source of income.
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