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May 10, 2014

Council OKs Cascade pool agreement

NEW CASTLE — United Way of Lawrence County has been given the green light to restore the Cascade Park swimming pool.

New Castle City Council approved an agreement Thursday to lease the pool to United Way of Lawrence County, which will rehabilitate the facility that has been dormant for about 14 years.

The pool renovation project has been added as a program to be funded by the United Way’s annual campaign.

Chuck Jackson, project manager for the renovation, said he expects work to begin this summer.

The agreement states that the city will have no obligations, financial or otherwise, with the project.

It further says that the United Way “shall be responsible and liable for all aspects of the project,” including all costs, hiring of contractors, obtaining adequate liability and property insurance.

United Way must complete the renovation within 24 months unless the city agrees to modify that in writing. The city will lease the facility to United Way for $1 during the 24-month period.

The agreement includes an option to lease the pool to United Way for five years after the renovation is completed.

Jackson told council at a work session last month that the YMCA will operate the pool.

Councilman Tim Fulkerson questioned the type of security that will be provided during the pool’s operation.

Gayle Young, United Way executive director, said a licensed firm will provide the security.

Jackson said cameras will be placed at various locations and “everything will be recorded.”

Councilman Richard Beshero suggested “a zero tolerance policy” regarding anyone creating problems at the pool.

Jackson said, “You have to be very strict. We agree with you.”

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

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