June 23, 2012
McGraw swimming area opens Monday
Village has dredged pool, completed other work to improve water quality
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
The beach and pool at Recreation Park in McGraw will open for the season at 11 a.m. Monday. The swimming hole was closed last summer after the Cortland County Health Department found the water was not clear enough.
McGRAW — The swimming area at the village’s Clinton Street park is ready for use this summer, after undergoing a dredging two months ago.
Mayor Bob Martin said the pool — a rectangular space filled with water pumped from nearby Trout Brook and treated with chlorine — will open at 11 a.m. Monday.
The village Recreation Department plans to have the pool open every day from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., with adult swimming sessions on two evenings per week.
“People had asked about having evening hours, so we plan to have that from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., probably Tuesday and Thursday evenings,” Martin said.
The swimming area was closed last summer after Cortland County Health Department officials said the water was not clear enough. The pool had not been dredged in over 40 years, Martin said.
Village crews worked with highway department personnel from Cortlandville and Solon — towns that also use McGraw’s summer recreation program — to remove tons of mud, sand and clay.
The pool is now lined with pea gravel on the bottom and material along the sides to cut down on erosion. The deep end’s depth has been restored to its original 12 to 13 feet, where silt had filled it over the years, reducing its depth.
The sand beach is ready, along with a diving board that has limited use. The cattails that lined the swimming area are gone.
The village used about $5,000 from its recreation budget for the work.
Martin said the village has hired five lifeguards and will add three more next week, after they finish training.
A dry hydrant has been installed next to the swimming area, and 200 feet of 6-inch line has been installed with it, if the McGraw Fire Department needs to use the pool as a water source.
The village also has dug the area for a multigame court, to be used for basketball, tennis and street hockey. The court will be set up on a lawn next to the Community Building, in the next two weeks.
In other village news, Martin said Deputy Mayor Trevor Bilodeau had resigned from the Village Board and was replaced as a trustee by Justin Cobb, who was appointed by Martin.
Cobb is the son of former Mayor Jay Cobb.
Martin appointed Trustee Rick Nauseef to serve as deputy mayor.
He also appointed Matt O’Rourke, a resident who has spoken about village issues at board meetings, as a trustee.
O’Rourke replaced Allen Phillips, who resigned Feb. 21 after an argument with Martin over a vote to increase trustee stipends and make the mayor’s job full time. The Village Board abandoned that plan after public objections at a meeting.
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