Pool agreement to remain in place

The Moffat County High School pool will continue to be run under management of the Craig Parks and Recreation Department -- a situation described as "win-win" by both entities.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike reported to the Craig City Council Tuesday that the three-month trial period during which his department ran the pool was successful, if not profitable.

"We pretty much broke even," Pike said. "As a department, we didn't really get anything out of it except doing what we do, which is providing recreational opportunities."

The city took over operating the pool in October at the request of the school district. During the trial period, the school district paid the costs of maintaining the pool and the recreation department paid the wages of a pool manager and lifeguards and got to keep the profits from the programs it set up, which was estimated at $160.

Personnel who are already employed to work at the City Pool were used to run the high school pool.

Pike warned the council to expect a small increase in wages and overtime as a result of the arrangement.

"I think we provided the community with a valuable service," Pike said.

He met with school district officials last week when it was decided to continue the relationship, which would be re-evaluated annually.

Councilor Kent Nielson said he's received several positive comments and would like to see the city continue to operate the high school pool.

"It's a win-win situation and right now it seems to be working out pretty well," Pike said.

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