WEST PITTSTON – Borough council passed a motion Tuesday for the official closing of the West Pittston Borough Public Pool for safety reasons.
Council President Barry Hosier said the pool was never officially closed and no exact plans have been made, but most likely the pool will be filled in and the area secured.
The council does not know what will happen to the recreational land, but Councilman Brian Thornton said the council is "at this point, more concerned with safety."
The public response was mainly against the closing and filling in of the pool, and residents questioned why it was closed.
Mayor Tony Denisco said that besides vandalism and vagrants sleeping there, fires have occurred.
Thornton said the deterioration of the concrete indicates the pool is no longer stable.
Councilman Peter Albano pointed out how funds had been raised in the past, but the amount was nowhere near the $2.3 million to $2.5 million needed for the pool to be properly repaired.
In other matters, council:
• Said the Oct. 1 Federal Emergency Management Agency deadline concerning a possible probationary status for the borough has been extended to Dec. 1. However, Hosier said that "FEMA has not been very nice to West Pittston." Besides FEMA's contribution to the cleanup bills of last year's flood not having been paid yet and other such complaints, the October deadline was a lenient "We will work with you," while the December deadline is a "must meet or probationary status," he said. Hosier said a new flood plain map will go into effect Nov. 1.
• Denisco said no gunshots were fired in West Pittston on Sunday night, despite the panic and rumors on Facebook. It was just fireworks at a party. He joked about how it is amazing the speed information will pass through Facebook; but, he added, "If something should happen, we will notify residents."