Sycamore pool back in spotlight

SYCAMORE — Resident Rick Dawson attended Tuesday’s council meeting in response to newspaper articles regarding a possible closure of the community swimming pool.

“What are (local) youth worth?” he asked council. “There isn’t that much to do here, and some kids can’t get to Upper or Tiffin to swim.”

Council members assured Dawson that no one on council wants to close the pool. Some members shared memories of swimming there as youngsters, and said they now have children who enjoy the pool each summer.

Council President Tony Flood said their perspectives have changed now that council members have the responsibility to use tax payer money wisely.

Last session, Village Administrator Chuck Clark reported the pool has a leak from an undetected source. He said testing and repair may cost less than $3,000, but might be as high as $30,000, which is cost prohibitive.

Flood said is he not in favor of soliciting sponsorships from local businesses because of their generosity in support of the fire/EMS department — support he does not want to jeopardize.

Flood said the fate of the swimming pool has been addressed for several years.

Mayor Vicki Weininger and Flood extended an invitation to the community to let council know how they want money allocated. The panel wants to hear resident concerns and suggestions regarding the pool and the possibility of other summer venues and family activities.

In other business, Fire/EMS Chief Rodney Clinger reported turnout gear has been ordered and delivery is expected in 60-90 days. However, he has not received good news from Federal Emergency Management Agency yet. For the past two Fridays, FEMA announced funding awards. Sycamore has not been mentioned, but Clinger still has hope.

Monetary donations for turnout gear were accepted from Chet Geary and Tony Patrizi. Nye’s Village Locksmith donated supplies and labor for securing fire department property.

Sycamore Fire Inc. donated traffic safety signs for use during an increase in local vehicle traffic caused by the closure of SR 53. Clinger said there has been a “bumper crop” of motor vehicle accidents. Flood thanked donors for their support.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. May 9 in council chambers.