New fee Structure Coming July 1 at Emmaus Community Pool
Emmaus Borough Council established a three-tier fee structure for the Emmaus Community Pool at Monday night’s Emmaus Borough Council meeting. That new fee rate card will take effect July 1.
But, if you are an Emmaus Borough resident, and you already bought your pool pass for this year, or you were just about too, don’t panic. Your fees are going to stay the same.
If you live outside of the borough, but your address is considered to be part of the East Penn School District, you don’t need to worry either. The non-resident rate you would have paid to access the pool on June 30 remains intact. After July 1 you will merely fall into the newly created category “East Penn Resident” on the Community Pool rate card
However, if you do not live within the East Penn School District and frequent the Emmaus Community Pool, listen up.
Effective July 1, the rate for a day pass to the pool for non-residents is $18. There will be no other forms of passes available for non-residents who do not live in East Penn School District.
As of July 1, there will also be a guest pass available to borough residents to accommodate situations such as out-of-town guests. Up to five can be purchased at a time at a cost of $7 per pass.
The new rate structure, proposed by Emmaus Borough Councilman Wesley Barrett, who chairs council’s Parks and Recreation committee, was prompted by “bad behavior” at the pool. Behavior that Barrett says has been driving Emmaus Borough residents away from the pool for years.
In fact, Barrett said, Emmaus Police Chief David A. Faust had already come before Barrett’s Parks and Recreation committee to ask for council’s help with the issues at the pool with the pool season underway less than two weeks.
The Emmaus Community Pool opened Memorial Day weekend.
“I think we’ve pushed this off for longer than we should have,” Barrett said. “Chief Faust says it is truly a concern what goes on down there.”
After the meeting, Barrett said that in his six years as a borough councilman, there hasn’t been a single summer in which he hasn’t been contacted by residents repeatedly about problems down at the pool.
He also said that based on the information collected by Emmaus Police when they have been called to the pool in past years, the problems are being caused by pool-goers who do not live in East Penn School District.
“That pool is a real gem,” Barrett said. “We need to protect it.”