RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
CLAY TOWNSHIP — Clay Township Trustees decided at their last meeting they will not, at this time, be able to open the Clay Community Pool this season. Trustee Bill Runyon said they will continue searching for funds that might allow them to open the pool later in the season.
“We don’t want it to close, but unless there’s some money that comes in, we can’t open it,” Runyon said. “I’m actually working on some stuff trying to get some (money) … I just talked to a gentleman and we’re going to retain him to do this stuff.”
The pool was built in the early 1960s and has never had any major renovations. Formerly called Rosemount Pool, the trustees took ownership in the early 1980s. Runyon said attendance at the community pool has dropped over the years, as more people have pools in their own backyards.
The pool needs major renovations, which include fixing major water leaks that cost more than trustees can afford to spend. Runyon said keeping the pool open costs the township $30,000 a year more than the pool earns, and he estimated it would cost $250,000 to get it back in shape.
“We’re still digging and trying hard,” Runyon said.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.