Lisbon council told things looking up at pool

LISBON – Good things are happening at the Sadie Van Fossan swimming pool.

Dana Blackburn, an adult lifeguard at the community pool, attended this week’s Village Council meeting to sing the praises of the pool as a community asset and how participation has increased this summer because of all the new programs.

Blackburn manages the youth swim team, which is in its second year, with 35 children participating this summer. “It is a tremendous benefit to the community,” she said.

The morning senior swim events draw about 20 participants, and water aerobics classes are now being offered twice a week in the evening. Blackburn said they have also added a core-strengthening water exercise program for student athletes and a separate one for adults, also in the evenings. For further details, go to her Facebook page.

Blackburn took the opportunity to address some needs at the pool, such as upgrading the female bathroom, which she described as a “nightmare. It just needs new stalls.”

She said the drain covers need replaced and there have been problems of late with locker-room thefts, but some of that occurs every year.

Blackburn said she just wanted to thank council for its continued commitment to the pool because of what it means to the community, even though it is a money-losing proposition.

Councilman Joe Morenz, who heads the park committee, thanked Blackburn for her enthusiasm and everything she does, telling her, “You have been a great addition to our personnel up there.”

In other action at this week’s council meeting, Sherman Street resident John Thoman asked what would it take to start a crime watch in their neighborhood. He was told to speak with Blackburn, who had left by then, because she once tried to start one when she lived on Washington Street but had difficulty doing so.

Mayor’s secretary Alisa Gostey told council that Scott Strong, who owns rental property on Maple Street, had requested a handicapped parking sign be removed. The sign was erected when a handicapped tenant lived there but the new tenant is not handicapped and would like to be able to park in front of the house.

Council was prepared to approve the request until Morenz asked they hold off until the next meeting so he could confer with his father-in-law, who lives across the street and is handicapped. Morenz said his father-in-law parks mostly in his own driveway but occasionally parks in the handicapped spot.

“I don’t know how often he uses it but he might want to,” Morenz said.