KEYSER - The fate of the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool is again in the hands of the Keyser City Council this week.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The fate of the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool is again in the hands of the Keyser City Council this week.
The pool concluded its summer with the last day of swimming on Sunday, Aug. 13, and has since been drained and winterized.
The council had voted in the spring to open the aging pool for six weeks this summer, despite the drain on the city’s budget. Council member Karol Ashenfelter said at the time, however, that she wanted to “see the receipts for attendance” once the summer was over and that a decision about opening the pool any additional summers would be made in August.
A discussion of the pool is on the agenda for the council meeting on Wednesday.
Members of the Save the Pool committee are expected to be in attendance to present the results of their efforts this summer, which included a busy schedule of activities, including family nights, dollar days and various fund raisers.
The fate of the city pool has been examined by the council on a year-by-year basis for the past several years, due to the amount of money it takes to keep the non-circulating pool in operation.
While the council members had originally voted to close the pool, they had agreed to begin setting aside funds whenever possible for the construction of a new pool.
IN March, city administrator Randy Amtower said the city had set aside $40,000 in the budget for the operation of the pool this summer. It cost the city $31,712 to operate the pool in 2016.
Among other items on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting are trucks entering Main Street, Dam Site 14, an abandoned property ordinance and consideration of a new phone system for the city.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in City Hall.