Boland Plans For New Pool

One year after a successful grassroots effort to open and maintain the Belleview Pool, Steubenville City Manager Tim Boland announced Tuesday the city will take over management and operational control of the facility.

Boland asked the council recreation committee to introduce three pieces of legislation to allow the Civil Service Commission to hire pool lifeguards for the summer, authorization for advertising for bids for vending machine services at city facilities, including the pool, and the transfer of $40,593 from the general fund to the Bellveiew Pool fund.

“It will take approximately $65,000 to operate the pool from June until August. We have $36,600 from the pool fundraising efforts that will be used for the operations of the pool. We have applied for a $10,000 grant from the Jefferson County Commissioners,” Boland said. “We had 4,000 pool admissions last year which was very good. If we can expand those numbers, it will show the tremendous impact the Belleview Pool has on our community during the summer months.”

Maintenance and Repair Superintendent Bob Baird said there is work to be done at the pool before it is opened in June.

“There will be some plumbing repairs and I anticipate additional issues once we start filling the pool with water. But we will get it ready,” Baird said.

Boland on Tuesday also introduced Stacey Williams of East Liverpool as the city’s new finance director. Williams currently works at Murray Energy.

Williams will replace Finance Director Alyssa Kerker, who earlier this year announced plans to retire. Williams will start May 5 and Kerker will be retained on a contractual basis for a transitional period.

Councilman Greg Metcalf called for a finance committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 6 to discuss a request from the JB Green Team for support for a designation fee plan. Metcalf also asked for a joint safety and finance committee meeting to discuss the S.A.F.E.R. grant awarded last week to the city fire department.

The city was informed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded $1,185,794 from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program that will allow the department to retain three firefighters and hire six additional firefighters for the next two years.