After much delay, Bloomville opens pool

BLOOMVILLE – Residents can rejoice – the swimming pool in Bloomville opened Aug. 3.

Street Superintendent Rick Dentinger had scheduled work to reline the Beeghley Park pool in mid-May but the project did not get started until the end of June. Then the liner leaked while it was being filled and water seeped behind the liner. The pool had to be drained again and 60 feet of patches were needed to repair the bottom and sides near the ladder. He estimated the chemical loss to be $1,200. After his straight time and overtime toward the repairs, he has requested the company that installed the liner return $3,000.

Dentinger stated the plumbing is only 18 inches underground and suspects there may be water leaks to the pool. He said a new chlorine pump already needs replaced.

Emmanuel Lewis approached council announcing he and his wife have come from New Washington to revitalize the Bloomville United Methodist Church. After asking around, he said residents said there is no sense of community and no children or family activities happening. They are in the planning process to address those needs, he said. He came to the meeting seeking the council’s input on needs they see in the village.

Lewis and his wife recently held a carnival for 200 people in the community and handed out school supplies to more than 100 children. They are considering a movie, bonfire, Thanksgiving meal and youth activity programs in the future.

They are looking to start an addiction program Friday evenings using Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step program.

Mayor Robert George relayed the United Church of Christ has a youth program and conducts a village food pantry. Councilwoman Carol Adams said she would like to see more programs for the elderly. Lewis said they would be starting a ministry at Ruffing Care Center.

The Community Center is available for senior activities Tuesdays and council would like to see more programs offered there for area seniors.

George informed council that access to the brush pile at the sewer plant has been stopped for now. Furniture items and lumber containing nails had been dumped on the pile and covered with brush from the recent wind storm. The gate has been locked and residents must call the village office to seek permission to place brush only at the site.

Solicitor Tim Hoover presented a map revealing village property may be being farmed without the village benefiting. They are investigating further and will report at a later meeting.

Clerk/treasurer Janis Weasner presented the cash summary by fund and mayor’s court reports.

Councilman Tracy Meadows commended pool staff for the discipline exhibited while at the swimming pool.

In other Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.