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Fiscal Court approves installation of chair lifts to allow pools to operate

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – It is a federal mandate with no funds.

But, in order to open the swimming pools this spring, Bullitt County officials had no choice but to approve chair lifts at three of its facilities.

Bullitt Fiscal Court approved a bid of $8,681.67 to outfit the pools behind Maryville Elementary, beside Bullitt Central High and next to Mount Washington Middle with chair lifts to meet federal Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

As previously reported in The Pioneer News, Bullitt County YMCA director June Daugherty informed the parks commission of the needed updates.

The matter was presented to fiscal court last year but action was not taken until the Feb. 5 meeting.

The original deadline to become compliant was last March but that was extended until September, which was after the pools had shut down for the season.

Besides the chair lifts, steps were installed at Bullitt Central and the Maryville pools as another point of acceptable access.

Delivery of the lifts will take 6-8 weeks and that would be enough time for the parks and recreation staff to install them. The pools, which are managed under an agreement between the county and the YMCA, will open Memorial Day weekend.

In a related item, Daugherty said the wooden picnic tables have been eliminated and metal, ADA approved tables ordered. Three tables will be installed at Maryville and Bullitt Central, with two at Mount Washington.

The cost will be $7,175.

The county is also working with the YMCA to apply once again for a Land and Water Conservation grant. The money, if received, would be to improve the Mount Washington and Maryville pools.

Also, the management contract between Bullitt Fiscal Court and the YMCA will expire this year. A new contract will be presented to the court on Feb. 19 for consideration.

Under the current agreement, the YMCA manages the parks programs, such as basketball, baseball and softball, as well as the pools. The county provides maintenance work and has supplemented around $40,000 to the YMCA the past couple of years to offset losses incurred by operating the pools.