While winter winds blow, the City of Linton's A.M. Risher Pool Board is planning for summertime fun, and they are excited.
They're excited because the community has contributed enough donations to pay for making the pool ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and the pool is expected to open on schedule.
City Councilman Jathan Wright, who serves on the pool board along with Debbie Alsman, Jeannette Adkins, Carol Phelps, Tammy Wright, Jill Bohnert and Jay Gainey, said there was work to be done on the pool if it was to open in 2013.
"It's a federal mandate," said Wright. "It has to be done or it can't open."
In order to comply with the requirements of the ADA, a lift needs to be installed and the surfaces need to be leveled to make the pool accessible to differently-abled people. In order to open and operate, this work has to be completed and there is no way to get around the deadline.
"The pool doesn't have a big budget, but the total cost of all the work to be done is estimated to be around $18,000," said Wright.
So the board started a campaign to ask for donations and Wright said the community has responded generously.
City Councilman Nigel Lehman and Wright made personal contact with business people and other individuals in the community, and they got the word out about the need.
"We started in the fall, and the donations have continued to flow in," said Wright adding that people they talked with made donations and others just sent donations in to city hall.
Wright praised Lehman for his ongoing commitment over the years to Linton's pool and his latest efforts to secure donations.
"If it wasn't for Nigel Lehman, the pool wouldn't be open in the first place. And he's stepped up again," said Wright.
The Greene County Foundation also stepped up to contribute a grant of $7,500.
Additional community support in the form of donations totaling $12,640 came from: Linton Family Pharmacy, Main Source Bank, J & D Belt Service, Stockton Township Trustee, Barbara Briggs, Linton Cycle Sales, American Legion Post 22, Correll's L.P. Gas, Inc., Baesler's, Anderson-Poindexter Funeral Homes, South Side Express, Sportsman Pub, 1st Security Insurance, Hall's Flooring America, Eugene Martin, Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, Connie Puckett Key Associates of Linton, Delmar Hasler, Richard Brown Insurance, Save-A-Lot, Ferris Pope, H.K. & Emyle Robertson and Krazy Rae's Karaoke.
"Now the board can pay for the lift, and do the concrete work," said Wright thanking the community for the support.
"It's been a community effort. The community got behind this project."
Wright said the grant from the Greene County Foundation will pay for the lift and for installation by Graves Plumbing. He recognized Carol Phelps for her work to secure the grant.
Other contributions will be used to complete concrete work estimated to cost $12-14,000. Wright said to bring everything up into ADA compliance, surfaces must be flat -- there are bad places that need to be fixed and an area near the entrance that needs to be filled in.
Wright said the board intends to work on continuous upgrades and maintenance in the future to avoid problems. They know an upcoming project will eventually be a new roof -- Wright said the current roof is the original roof from the 1960s and it has started leaking in several places.
Wright said with the support that's been coming in from the community, the pool will open on time for the start of summer with an exact date to be announced.
Donations are still being accepted at Linton's City Hall.