KEYSER - The Keyser City Council set the rates for admission and rentals at the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool, as well as rentals at the city's parks, this week during their regular council meeting.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council set the rates for admission and rentals at the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool, as well as rentals at the city’s parks, this week during their regular council meeting.
“We’re keeping everything pretty much the same,” parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot said of the admission fees to the pool, which is currently scheduled to open for the summer on June 14.
According to Zacot, admission will be free for children age 3 and under, and then $2 across the board. Dollar Days will be observed on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Family Night, where admission is also just $1, will be offered on Fridays.
The cost to rent the pool for a private party will be $350, which will provide for at least four lifeguards.
Zacot said the previous rental fees, which were based on an estimate of how many people would be attending, often did not work out when a larger crowd than expected turned out.
“I know of at least two rentals last year where there were at last 600 people inside that fence,” he said.
Zacot said the city has four lifeguards who worked last year who are returning this summer, and he will begin looking at applications soon for any additional guards.
Mayor Damon Tillman noted that “last year we had some good lifeguards and we had lifeguards who were just there,” and said the workers would be more closely monitored this time to make sure they were completing all of their duties.
The rates were accepted on a motion made by council member Eric Murphy and seconded by Terry Liller.
On a motion made by Murphy and seconded by Zacot, rental rate for the amphitheater at Brooks Park (former South End Park) was set at $100.
A lengthy discussion was then held on the issue of insurance liability for those groups using the city’s parks, and while it was noted that the city has an umbrella policy which covers any city-sanctioned activities, groups like Little League must provide the city with proof of insurance prior to using the facilities.
“Before any league has any practices or games, we have to have information in our office that they’re covered,” Tillman said.