Although the Save the Keyser Pool Committee came to the Keyser City Council recently with a proposal for building a pavilion at the John R. Shelton Pool, at least one council member said he would rather see priority given to the repairs needed to upgrade the aging pool.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Although the Save the Keyser Pool Committee came to the Keyser City Council recently with a proposal for building a pavilion at the John R. Shelton Pool, at least one council member said he would rather see priority given to the repairs needed to upgrade the aging pool.
Just what is needed to do that, however, seems to be in question.
Lynn Robinson and Missy Cummings of the Save the Keyser Pool Committee spoke to the mayor and council about their proposal during the council’s Sept. 11 meeting.
“We would like permission to build a pavilion in the grassy area close to the baby pool,” Cummings said, adding that the committee would foot the bill for the project.
“I have some donors already,” she said.
Cummings said the committee feels having a pavilion would entice more people to rent the pool, as it would make it easier to have picnics, entertainment and more. As it is now, groups renting the pool often set up canopies for protection from the sun.
Robinson told the officials that the pavilion would be metal construction, but would look “something similar to what they have at the Piedmont Pool.”
The pavilion would have a concrete floor, picnic tables, and be set up to provide electricity.
Council member and parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot said, however, he feels there are other things at the pool that should be taken care of first.
“Our baby pool is crumbling, and our filtration needs fixed,” he said.
Zacot also noted that 2020 is an election year for the city, and with three seats coming open, “there’s nothing to say the next council will vote to keep it open.”
Zacot emphasized, however, if he would be returned to his seat next year, he would continue to try to keep the pool open.
“I will fight, unless I get the boot, to keep it open,” he said.
“I even have a company willing to donate all the chemicals to keep the pool open next year,” he added.
Referring to the contention of past administrations that the pool is in need of major renovation and that if it would close it would have to stay closed, Zacot told the committee, “I was told that when previous people said they went to the state, they didn’t.”
He said he does feel, however, that the circulation and filtration problems should be top priority.
“It’s my personal opinion we need to get the filter situation taken care of before we do anything else,” he said.
Mayor Damon Tillman commended the Save the Keyser Pool Committee for the work done this summer to paint and clean up the pool house.
“It looks phenomenal,” he said.