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Pool club is facing foreclosure

LOCKPORT -- Briarwood Pool, a members-only summer recreation club in the city, is headed for foreclosure.

HSBC Bank, which holds the mortgage on the property at Briarwood Drive and Willow Street, has filed a foreclosure action in State Supreme Court, charging the organization hasn't made its mortgage payments.

City, county and school taxes for 2006 also went unpaid, according to the city and county treasurers' offices.

"I could see that coming," said Michele Gilbert, former treasurer of Briarwood Pool. "I was projecting for the summer [of 2006] they would be in the hole $5,000, based on last year's [2005] bills."

Gilbert said she proposed in 2005 that the club seek someone to maintain the pool for free, instead of paying $3,000 for the season to Jason Wulf, the co-president of the organization, who doubled as pool manager. Gilbert said she was ousted in late 2005 after making that suggestion.

Her successor, Michelle Seiler, declined to comment on the matter. Wulf and the other co-president, Gregory Bronson, did not return calls Saturday.

Gilbert said the mortgage, which dates to 1995, was refinanced in 2005 at HSBC's request, but the payments were little different than they had been before.

Briarwood Pool has been in operation for 30 years. It operates an L-shaped outdoor swimming pool and two outdoor tennis courts on its four-acre property. Gilbert said the club charges about $475 for a one-season family membership and it had about 100 members in 2005.

The city treasurer's office reported that Briarwood Pool owes $7,786 in unpaid taxes, covering 2006 city and school levies and just-issued 2007 city tax. The county treasurer's office shows an unpaid 2006 county tax bill of $864.


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