This week’s Chester Spirit reports that City Council authorized a $240,000 three-year agreement with Progressive Pool Management, Inc. to provide professional swimming pool management service for the summer seasons of 2012, 2013, and 2014.
I can only assume the following. Hopefully, someone will comment and clarify.
- The agreement is for the Memorial Park pool.
- This agreement went out to bid and Progressive was the low bidder.
- $80,000 is a reasonable price to pay for 3 to 4 months of pool management services each summer.
- Pool management services include opening and closing the pool, preventive maintenance, making repairs, cleaning the water, providing chemicals, assigning and paying life guards.
- The utility cost of heating the pool, operating the pumps and lights, are not included in this price.
Assuming all the above is accurate, it costs the city $20,000 a month to keep the Memorial Park pool open.
Although that seems like an awful lot of money, maybe that’s a fair price. I don’t have a clue one way or the other.
In the spirit of making Chester an entrepreneur hub, what would it take to form a Chester company that can provide the same services?
My guess is that it shouldn’t cost a 1/4 million dollars to operate a pool for 3 summers. If it does, is it worth it, or could (should) that money be used for something else, like maybe an indoor pool that can be used year round?