Monday, August 25, 2014
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Pool membership fees to stay the same in Lower Merion

LOWER MERION Lower Merion commissioners rejected a proposal that would have raised 2014 membership fees at both of the township's pools by 5 percent.

The vote was 7-6, said township public information officer Thomas Walsh.

Commissioner V. Scott Zelov, who heads the parks and recreation committee, said Wednesday that the commission rejected the increase despite earlier agreement that fees should cover the expenses of the Belmont Hill and Ardmore Avenue pools.

Some commissioners, Zelov said, "believed that the fees were high enough, although the follow-up survey results showed that relocation and change in use were more often cited as reasons for nonrenewal of pool memberships."

The proposal's defeat means that the Ardmore Avenue membership for a family of three will continue to cost as much as $86 for residents. At Belmont Hills, that membership will cost up to $398. This summer will be the second consecutive year fees have stayed the same.

The cost of the swim memberships have jumped significantly since the facilities underwent massive renovations beginning in 2008. Last year, attendance at both dropped, a township document said.

- Carolyn Davis

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