Pickerington pool budget proposed

The proposed operating budget for the city of Pickerington’s new swimming pool totals nearly $200,000.

The city plans to close on the purchase of The Swim Club on March 10.

At Pickerington City Council’s March 4 meeting, Finance Director Linda Fersch requested that council suspend the rules to complete all three readings on the aquatic fund.

To approve Fersch’s request, at least six council members needed to be present, but councilmen Brian Wisniewski and Brian Sauer were absent.

"It can go to the next meeting," Fersch said.  "That’s fine."

Expediting the ordinance would have made it easier for the city to cover upcoming expenses such as brochure printing and employee background checks.

Pickerington cannot sell passes or hire employees until the sale is final. The parks department will announce pass prices in mid March.

Bicentennial blanket presented

Violet Township Bicentennial representatives Peggy Portier and Violet Township Trustee Terry Dunlap presented the city with a throw blanket modeled after the township’s bicentennial quilt.

"Since 1808 we (the township and the city) have worked together," Dunlap said.  "We have different governments with different styles, but we are all working for the people in this community."

In addition to Pickerington landmarks, the throw includes scenes from Lockville and Canal Winchester. About half of Canal Winchester belonged to Violet Township until the border of Franklin County extended, Dunlap said.

Dunlap suggested that Pickerington display the throw in the council chamber beside a Pickerington quilt to mirror the display Violet Township has created in their chamber.

"They would look good up there," Dunlap said, pointing to the wall.

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