KEYSER - Shawn Snyder, a long-time advocate for keeping Keyser's John R. Shelton Pool operational during the summer months, gave that same message to the Mineral County Commission during the government meeting on Tuesday morning.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Shawn Snyder, a long-time advocate for keeping Keyser’s John R. Shelton Pool operational during the summer months, gave that same message to the Mineral County Commission during the government meeting on Tuesday morning.
He gave a document to the three commissioners for review, dealing with what entity oversees the pool, and he said that at one time the pool was under the jurisdiction of the county, and then changed over to the City of Keyser.
“The city abandoned the pool,” Snyder said, and, “It is a shame we lost the pool.”
He said that there are no blueprints for the pool to be found anywhere, however, he added, “We have money to work with” for repairs and, “We can raise more.”
Snyder explained that the main reason for the high cost of water to operate the pool for a short time during the warmer months is because of the filtration system.
He said the problem with the filtration of the pool is that the pump works all through the night keeping the chemicals circulated, causing water to go over the lip located on the outside perimeter of the pool.
“This is the first step,” Snyder said in coming to the commission to ask for the “county take back the pool.”
He said of his group to keep the pool functional, “We are serious to keep the pool; we want to see Keyser come back.”
Snyder also said, “It has to stop of chopping off everything we say we can’t afford.”
There was another option given by Snyder for building a new inset pool, like the type of swimming pool in Piedmont.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman asked Snyder the cost of a new pool, and Snyder said  the estimated cost would be from $60,000 and up, and “bells and whistles” would add more to the cost.
Snyder said a grant writer is a member of the committee to keep the pool, and they will seek revenue this way.
Jerry Whisner, commission president, said the first step for considering Snyder’s request is to check with the county’s attorney to find out “whose hands the pool is in.”