2 million dollar pool shut down this summer in Maple Heights
Posted in the Garfield Heights Forum
#1 May 29, 2014
MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio A popular summer hangout spot in Maple Heights will remain closed this summer because the city doesnt have enough money to open it.
Stafford Pool opened in 2009. It has a water slide and kiddie pool, but just five years later, this $2 million swimming complex will remain empty due to a lack of funds.
The last few years I think it has been a great thing for the kids to go down there and play. Its also good for the other neighbors to come over, said Maple Heights resident, Danny Brandon.Its really a shame kids cant come and hang out and cool off when its 95, 92 degrees outside, said Richard Durham who lives nearby.
It costs the city around $75,000 to open the pool.
Maple Heights Mayor Jeff Lansky said the city is in the third year of a $4 million shortfall from the state and a $3 million cut from Cuyahoga County in the last 2 years. They are expecting another $1.5 million cut this year.
Closing a swimming pool is something that is seasonal expenditure, said Lansky.It would have cost us around $75,000, but when youre weighing options of police officers, firefighters, paramedics and so on, you have to make some tough decisions.
Its going to disappoint a lot of kids in this area and I would really like to see it stay open because Im really looking forward to bring my grandkids down there and playing, Brandon said.
The city of Maple Heights receives no casino revenue and the state shut down their internet cafes which brought in about $200,000. The city has already laid off upwards of 40 employees including firefighters and paramedics.
We had two ballot issues in the last six months that have failed for property and income tax increase and so were going to try one more time this November and hopefully if that passes then next year we can reopen the pool, Lansky said.
For this summer, however, the pool will be closed and the mayor said you can thank the state and the county for that.
Im pretty upset and disappointed about it because my kids went to swimming lessons there last year and they enjoyed it and we were looking forward to signing them up again, said Maple Heights resident, Franchesca Stewart.
If it does get really hot during the summer, Mayor Lansky said there are alternatives for kids looking to cool off. He said the city will consider looking at opening up fire hydrants as an option but he also says kids can swim at nearby city pools but they will have to pay a non-resident fee to do so.
Did I read this article correctly? The city wants us to vote in an increase of taxes so that they can open up the pool next year? Did it ever cross Lansky's mind that if we didn't waste money on nonsense like this pool in the first place, we might have the extra money to keep other more important services? Add to that the millions they spent on those new schools we didn't need and now he wonders why we are broke?
It's not a wonder why citizens are so distrustful of any government these days.
#2 Jun 1, 2014
Like most all of the other residences of Maple Hts, I'm all taxed out. Utilities go up, insurance for car and home goes up, food prices and gas is up, how much more are we supposed to shell out so us taxpayers can make it nice and comfy for these kids? I mean, we needed 2 elementary schools? The only thing good bout the pool is it keeps all those little banshees out of your back yard.
There's so much corruption in politics and spending on things that are not needed, too much money going into politicians' pockets meant for the city and too much overspending, and then who's supposed to make up the difference all the time, the taxpayer!
You politicians were voted in to take care of our city but it seems like all you do is make your jobs nicer with raises and buying crap that's not needed or way over priced. Perhaps there's a special place in hell for you birdbrains, just remember that.
#3 Jun 1, 2014
Before they decided to rebuild the schools, the school levy before it was passed. After it's passage, they sent a flyer out to the citizens in the mail.
What it showed was a pay raise for administration workers. Many were booted up into the six-figure brackets. WTF does it take to run a school anyways, scientists?
In my elementary years of education, I went to a private school in Garfield called St. Peter & Paul. It was a small school so there were no switching classes every hour. You had one classroom and one desk. The teacher taught you all the subjects.
At lunch time, you sat at your desk and ate the lunch provided to you by your parents. During the warmer months of course, they would let you go outside into the parking lot. But they didn't have a cafeteria, lockers or school busses.
We didn't have three different school counselors, a principal, a vice principal, secretaries and so forth. We had one Principal--Sister Dennis.
Anything event that took place in the school, it went to Sister Dennis. A light was malfunctioning, it was addressed by Sister Dennis. A student got out of hand with a teacher, Sister Dennis took care of it. A kid falling behind in studies, he or she went to Sister Dennis.
I just mailed out my tax checks today to the county which I know over 50% of that money goes to our schools for children that are not mine. My belief is that if you have kids, you should educate them--not me. At the very least, parents should be taxed much higher than people like myself that have no children in the school system. Maybe then those parents won't be so quick on the draw to punch a hole for more school taxes in the future.
#4 Jun 6, 2014
I agree. I don't have any kids so why should I have to pay for these kids' educations? Politics all stink and help no one except the politicians and the poor blacks.
I had a fast paced job and had to work hard at it and for me to make 6 figures, it would take me about 5 years to make that. It wasn't anything I'd get a raise and it would be about a nickle an hour for the first year, a dime an hour the second year and another nickle on the third year. WOW! Twenty cents an hour in three years, minus taxes, of course. Six figures my ass! Show me where they're worth that money. Even 1/2 that would be a bit much. And this city needs us to pay more taxes? Maybe get rid of some of the school workers to save money.
#5 Aug 2, 2014
It's sad. They were pissing away $90,000 a year on recycling and then announce they don't have $75,000 for the pool. They all need to be fired.
#6 Aug 3, 2014
Who would want to swim in water a n ig g e r is in?
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