Community Center pool closes indefinitely

JOHNSONBURG – The basement of the Johnsonburg Community Center at 600 Market St. in Johnsonburg will be closed indefinitely beginning Sunday, April 15 due to mold in the swimming pool and archery room of the building.Council accepted quotes from Kimball Environmental for $3,500 to remove the mold in the swimming pool and $6,200 for the archery room during Monday afternoon's regular borough council meeting.Recreation Board president Ronald King said the basement can be reopened once construction is finished and the new dehumidifiers have been installed.According to King, a representative from Kimball Environmental suggested removing the wood molding around the pool room to be scraped and cleaned."Then comes the issue, do we want to paint that ceiling again or leave it as it is?" asked King. "The time limit to opening it back up again could be a while. I don't know how long it's going to take the county to get the bids back and have the people notified on the dehumidifiers and get them installed."In the archery room King said the mold will need to be removed from the walls and ceiling, and the floor will need to be cleaned as well. "Then it's going to need repainted," King said. "So there is a lot of work that is going to have to be done after the mold removal and you are talking another dehumidifier in the archery room. So we are talking some major big bucks after this $10,000."Council member Alfred Maletto asked where the $9,700 to remove the mold is going to come from.According to King, they have been "hitting the Community Fund hard" and it is down to $67,000.Board president Harriet Stahli suggested using investments from the County National Bank totaling $350,000."What do we have in town that is as good as that building?" asked council member Duane Duffy. "I think that building has potential. I think if we have the money some place we need to use it and if we don't have the money I think we have to borrow it."A meeting will be scheduled between the Johnsonburg Borough Council and the Recreation Committee to further discuss the issue."We can't afford the community building," said council member Louis Imbrogno. "We had a community building before with 6,000 people in town and the paper mill maintained it. Now we have 2,400 people, we just don't have the money to do it. We have $350,000 in the bank. We just spent $50,000; $30,000 went to the Community Center and right now you are talking about more going to it."Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 10, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingJohnsonburg Borough CouncilMonday, May 144 p.m.Borough Office building