Memberships were down at the Napoleon Municipal Pool this year due to the cool summer, but that also helped reduce expenses.

Memberships were down at the Napoleon Municipal Pool this year due to the cool summer, but that also helped reduce expenses.

Overall revenue was down about $6,500 from 2012 at the pool, while expenses were decreased about $13,000. That resulted in the pool operating at a deficit of about $58,000 this year, compared to a deficit of $64,000 in 2012.

Napoleon Parks and Recreation Director Tony Cotter told the Parks and Recreation Board Wednesday night that daily admissions were also down. Nearly 900 fewer children daily admissions were recorded this and about 500 fewer adult ones.

“But as I’ve talked about before, a cold year is not a bad thing,” Cotter said.

The facility has a policy of closing early if a certain attendance is not maintained on a particular day, which helps save on wages for lifeguards. This year, about $12,000 less was spent on wages and benefits at the pool compared to 2012.

“We were able to send the guards home early and often,” Cotter added.

Another $4,500 was saved on chemicals this year.

With budget time coming up soon for Napoleon, Cotter told the board he intends to request four new golf carts for the municipal golf course this year. He explained he usually purchases four new ones each year and sells the four oldest, but did not do so this year in an effort to rein in costs.

He also would like to recommend the city budget money to buy playground equipment to replace what is located at Glenwood Park. Board member David Prigge suggested the board could save money by taking the equipment out at the park but not replacing it. He pointed out Kidz Kingdom is located in the same area and a lot of private money was spent to build it.

Cotter said he is considering recommending that if council does not approve the funds for new equipment. He said he will also be pursuing some of the playground equipment currently used at Napoleon Area Schools elementary buildings that may come available after the new facility is constructed.

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