The mayor continues working on a plan to reduce the large piles of horse manure left on borough streets.
By MARY GRZEBIENIAK
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Children under 9 will not be allowed to swim at the borough pool unsupervised this summer.
Borough council passed a motion at its meeting Monday requiring children 9 and under to be accompanied by a baby sitter 16 or older, or with an adult. Previously children 6 and older were allowed in the pool alone.
Council member Susan Ligo, who heads the parks and pool committee, said there is a concern about the safety of small children who can't swim.
Council also agreed to Ligo's recommendation to extend adult swimming hours. Once the 2002 season starts, regular hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Weekdays, the adult-only swim will be from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30.
On Sundays, the adult swim will be from 4:30 to 5:30.
Manure on the streets
Mayor Wendell Wagner said he is continuing his efforts to solve the problem of horse manure on borough streets.
He said the horses pulling Amish buggies have left piles of manure at every stop sign as well as in borough parking lots and near local businesses.
He commented after the meeting that at one church in town, there is so much manure that "you can't get out of your car."
He said one solution suggested to him is to require the horses to have a harness bag that catches the droppings.
He said he is still working on the problem, but as mayor, he can only make recommendations. Council must take final action, Wendell added.
Council also agreed to sign a new five-year contract with Columbus-based Amp-Ohio to continue providing electricity for the borough..
Council member Raymond Keffer, utility committee chairman, said no rate increase to borough customers will be necessary.
The committee must meet with company officials to work out contract details.
Council also agreed to send a letter to Westminster College giving officials there six months to solve a water runoff problem that is flooding some yards on Maple Street.
The problem started when the college paved a new parking area. Council wants the water piped to a creek.
In a related Westminster matter, a resident complained about the number of vehicles being parked on Waugh Avenue because of construction of a college building there. The resident said the vehicles are causing a traffic problem and a hazard to children. Council agreed to ask the college to designate a parking area for the construction workers' vehicles.