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Rec director: pool used heavily

Published October 29. 2013 05:00PM

It was a busy summer at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool this year.

Lehighton Borough Council was informed Monday that membership this past year was 1,500 people, nearly double from when the reconditioned pool reopened two years ago.

Daily passes totaled close to 4,000 patrons for the summer, said Tom Evans, the borough's recreation director.

He told the council that more than 200 children took part in swimming lessons.

Evans expressed his appreciation to Eagle Scout Jake McGeehan, a senior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, who spearheaded the construction of a bocci court at Baer Memorial Park. "He did an outstanding job with this project," Evans said.

Evans said in spring, wanother Eagle Scout will be installing a playground at the swimming pool.

Baer Memorial Park is located next to the swimming pool.

The council was informed that the Recreation Center is booked until March. Evans said the youth center will be open in the evening for the youth of the borough, who are in fourth to 12th grades, beginning the first week in November.

A pay raise of $1 per hour was approved for two adults who help with the Recreation Program. The raise puts their rate of pay to $8.50 per hour.

The council was advised there are funds in the youth program to cover the wage hike.

In other business during the council meeting:

• Barry Fisher and Denny Rodgers of the Light and Power Department were reclassified as apprentice lineman second year.

• Jeff Repsher, also of the Light and Power Department, was reclassified as "Lineman II."

• The council granted permission to the AARP to utilize the Recreation Center for income tax preparation from Feb. 1 to April 15. AARP said in a letter to the council, "The purpose is to assist low and moderate income citizens in the preparation of federal and state income taxes.

• The Municipal Building will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Vacation time will be used by employees.

• It was agreed to donate several radios and pagers to the Lehighton Fireman's Relief Association, as requested by the Lehighton Fire Department. The equipment was purchased with a grant and will be used by fire department officers, firefighters, and fire police.

A letter from Rodney O. Rehnert of the Relief Association stated, "The reason for this request is for future maintenance of this equipment. Firemen's relief can only pay for repairs to equipment that it owns. This means currently, any repairs needed to this equipment would have to come out the borough's budget."

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