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More Renovations Approved For Mahwah Municipal Pool

Ramsey's pool opened in time for the season after a $2 million renovation in 2014.
Ramsey's pool opened in time for the season after a $2 million renovation in 2014. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lessieu

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Mahwah Council has approved a $250,000 spending plan for a second round of improvements to the municipal pool.

The pool commission has retained an architect and plans on beginning renovations to the main building, bathrooms and pool that Mayor William Laforet said are "long overdue."

"The council thinks there's some merit to funding improvements with a wait-and-see attitude to see if it generates rewards of attendance they hope it will," Laforet said.

The pool committee told the Council on Oct. 15 that revenue was down 8 percent from roughly $131,000 last year, reported.

The overall membership is 1,033 from 1,148 last year, despite the 108 new members that joined this season, said.

The Ramsey Borough Council in 2013 approved a $2 million bond ordinance to upgrade its 50-year-old facility, Ramsey Pool Commissioner Jennifer Lessieu told Daily Voice.

The 2014 renovations included a new filtration system, three slides, several water features, swim lanes and more, she said.

"Pools classically aren't revenue builders," Laforet said. "The problem [in Mahwah] is that there's a shrinking pool attendance and increase cost associated with it that taxpayers need to be mindful of."

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