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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • No assistance ready this summer for pool

  • With the heat index reaching temperatures over 100 degrees this summer, Morehouse Parish residents won’t be cooling off in Bastrop’s East Madison swimming pool this summer.


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  •   With the heat index reaching temperatures over 100 degrees this summer, Morehouse Parish residents won’t be cooling off in Bastrop’s East Madison swimming pool this summer.
      “The pool is not going to open because of revenue,” said Public Works director Willie McKee. 
      Last year the pool suffered from similar setbacks like the a pump that needed repair, costing approximately $2-3,000. 
      It cost the city more than $20,000 to open and maintain the pool in 2010.
      “It would be more than $20,000 this year because everything has gone up,” McKee said. “With the start-up cost, maintenance and employees to operate it, it would cost more than $20,000 for the first four weeks. It would cost approximately $5,000 a week to operate it.”
      McKee said the pool was able to open last year due to help from donations.
      “There were some pledges last year,” he said. “If we have any this year, I’m not familiar with it.”
      For now, Morehouse Parish residents have two choices for area swimming pools - The Fitness Lodge and Chemin-A-Haut State Park.
      State park manager Russ Brantley said the park’s pool has been busy.
      “We have 200 to 300 people a day,” he said. “The pool is open on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.”
      He said the parks’ overnight visitors have increased because of the pool.
      “A lot of overnight visitors wouldn’t want to come if not for the pool,” he said.
      McKee said if revenue becomes available to open East Madison pool this summer, it will be difficult to get all the resources needed to operate it. 
      “Even if we were able to open it, it would be hard to get lifeguards,” he said. “After the season gets started, they’re committed to working in other places.”  

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