CARBONEAR, NL — The Carbonear swimming pool is a bit busier thus far in 2018 compared to the year previous.
According to a report prepared by recreation director Rob Button for last Tuesday’s council meeting, the pool had generated over $69,000 in revenue as of that date in 2018. A year earlier, the comparable figure was just above $61,000.
Lesson registrations are also up so far in 2018 at 501 compared to 463 the previous year. Overall pool visitation stood at 7,499 people as of March 13, 2018. By the same date in 2017, the pool had received just over 6,000 visits.
“It’s encouraging to see those numbers up like that,” Deputy Mayor Chris O’Grady remarked during last Tuesday’s meeting.
It was also noted in the report some upgrades have been made to the remote pool heating system. The report indicated this item had been an issue for some time at the pool.
Fire department needs
Council was provided with an update at the same meeting about the needs of the town’s volunteer fire department.
The department has submitted a $15,000 budget for new equipment in 2018. In order to equip some new members for Level 1 firefighting training, it requested five sets of bunker gear at a cost of $2,000 each. Council approved a motion to purchase the bunker gear at last Tuesday’s meeting.
The department is proposing to apply for funding from the province to cover the cost of additional new equipment on a 70-30 cost-shared basis. The town agreed to submit the application on the fire department’s behalf.