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FALLING REVENUES FORCE CUTBACKS AT PUBLIC POOL

Swimmers will not have an opportunity to dive as much, and little tykes will not splash in the baby pool quite as often this summer in the Town of Aurora community pool.

Because of wet, cool summers in 2003 and last year, cutbacks are planned this season at the public pool on South Street.

Pool revenue has dropped by about $9,000 since 2002. Last year, it totaled $26,000, compared with $29,000 in 2003 and $35,000 in 2002. The cost of chemicals and heating expenses, however, has gone up.

The pool's inefficient, aging boiler, which contributed to the increase in expenses, needs to be replaced.

Last year, about 500 families purchased pool memberships, a 10 percent decline. Daily fees paid by nonmembers also decreased, said Peggy Cooke, the town's parks and recreation director.

"The last two years have not been great, and weather has really affected the pool," Cooke said Wednesday. "The diving board and baby pool will not be open every afternoon."

The staff for those two areas, which require full supervision, will be reduced slightly, Cooke said this week when the Town Board questioned her about the upcoming season.

"I will staff more for cooler weather and call staff in for warmer days," Cooke said.

The baby pool will be open only upon request and if staff is available, since one lifeguard must be stationed at that area, she said.

The town will provide a full staff at the main pool, which will continue to have four lifeguards, a supervisor and cashier during afternoon hours and one fewer worker on evenings.

Cooke also said she will help supervise the pool three afternoons each week.

Hours at the pool, scheduled to open June 12, initially will be from 2 to 6 p.m. daily.

After June 18, the pool will be open from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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