Recreation board hears pool update

STEUBENVILLE – The Save Our Pool Committee is preparing to restore the Belleview Pool sliding board for the 2014 summer season.

Councilman at large Kenny Davis told the parks and recreation board Wednesday night that the LaBelle Neighbors Who Care and the Community for Youth Development have committed to managing the city-owned pool in 2014 and have agreed to help raise funds for restoration of the sliding board.

The slide was closed this year because of concerns regarding its structural integrity and at one point it was listed on a city-sponsored surplus property auction.

“The slide is off the auction list and we are in contact with two pool contractors who have said they can restore the slide for approximately $30,000. We plan to raise at least $20,000 but may have to ask the board for $10,000 from the recreation fund. The Save Our Pool is committed to making a visit to the Belleview Pool a great experience,” said Davis.

In other business during the hour-long monthly board meeting, Chairwoman Sandi Rue announced the $123,622 park security lighting project has been completed.

Security lights were installed by the John Russell Construction Company at Belleview Park at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, the MLK basketball court, Murphy’s Park on Pleasant Heights and the North End Park.

The lighting is expected to assist the security camera system already in place at those sites.

Rue said a Belleview Park concession stand policy is still under review and the board indicated they were not in favor of pursuing a fee for individuals using the MLK Recreation Center basketball court.

The board agreed to have the Belleview Park tennis court lights automatically turn on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. at the request of the Franciscan University of Steubenville tennis coach.

And a 50 percent reduction fee was established for disabled military veterans using the MLK Center Wellness Center.

“Maintenance Department Superintendent Bob Baird plans to buy large letters and numbers at M&M Hardware to identify the shelters at Belleview Park and Jim Wood Park. There has occasionally been confusion by people renting the shelters as to which shelter they can use. We will identify each shelter, and when someone rents the facility, we will inform them which shelter they will use,” explained Rue.

The board approved a facility request for the MLK activity room from the Ohio Valley Dance Team for free rehearsals for children interested in participating in the annual Steubenville Christmas parade.

And approval was granted for the Gateway Clipper Fleet to dock a sternwheeler at the city marina for a $250 fee.

The board also discussed plans for local softball leagues using the Belleview Park ballfields on weekends to have the fields lined for games.

The next parks and recreation board meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 13.