KEYSER - The funds to operate the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool will come from the carry-over money left from the city's 2017-2018 budget.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The funds to operate the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool will come from the carry-over money left from the city’s 2017-2018 budget.
When newly-appointed parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot first proposed opening the pool for three weeks this summer, he estimated the cost of operation at $24,000, based upon input from water distribution supervisor Teddy Nester, who is the licensed operator for the facility.
Council member Jennifer Junkins then questioned where that money would come from, saying she was not against opening the pool but didn’t like to vote on something when it was unclear where the money would be taken.
According to newly-appointed finance commissioner Mike Ryan, who had previously served as the city’s accountant for 25 years, there is enough in the carry-over from the previous budget to cover the pool, as well as additional money needed for the city administrator position and a new initiative to beautify the city.
Noting there was over $90,000 in carryover, Ryan said $30,000 would be earmarked for the pool.
In addition, $28,000 would be added to the city administrator’s line item, since newly-appointed administrator Buck Eagle will be a full time administrator as opposed to former administrator Randy Amtower’s part-time status.
In a third move, the council earmarked $7,200 for a beautification budget, which will be under the direction of Junkins, whom mayor Damon Tillman appointed commissioner of urban renewal and beautification during a previous meeting.
The budget revisions were approved 5-0 July 25 on a motion made by William Zacot and seconded by Terry Liller.