Sumner pool thrown lifeline

The Sumner community pool committee’s finances will stay afloat after a recommendation not to give it funding for repairs was dismissed.

The Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board unanimously decided last week to grant $4000 to the Sumner Community Pool Inc towards the cost of fixing leaks.

Originally city council staff said the application requesting $6688 did not fit the criteria for the board’s discretionary response fund because it was “capital works”.

Staff recommended the board decline the request. But at the board’s meeting, city councillor Yani Johanson moved a motion to grant money from the fund anyway.

He said the $4000 grant was in line with what the group received last year.

“I am very supportive of the Sumner pool as this has been a tremendous community asset over a number of years run by dedicated people in the local area.”

The board also requested staff advice on the availability of chemicals for the pool.

Work to fix leaks in the 25m outdoor pool would cost $6688. The pool committee would make up the shortfall.

Board member Darrell Latham seconded Cr Johanson’s motion.

He said in spite of the staff recommendation, the board recognised it was important for the work to be done because the pool was a “well run and widely used community asset”.

“I’m thrilled with this outcome as this is such a well used community facility.”

Most of the running costs for the community-owned and managed pool come from key rental, with about 360 keys available for local families to rent at $150 a season.

•The pool is due to open for the summer season on November 11 at 7am.

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