A hot and humid summer is proving a boon to the West Jefferson Municipal Pool.
On Monday, village parks and recreation director Marci Darlington told council members pool admissions have generated $15,893 thus far. Concessions have brought in another $3,711.
Last year’s cool summer sent pool revenues down and occasionally closed the facility entirely, said Debbie DiLeo, village finance director.
Darlington said free PAX passes to the pool have been popular. Passes are awarded to local young people who do good deeds without prompting. One recent recipient returned a cell phone lost by the wife of Mayor Ray Martin.
Upcoming pool events include the National Night Out, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 2; a free screening of the new Star Wars: Episode VIII movie at 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 and a “doggie-only swim” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 22.
“Star Wars” characters Chewbacca and Storm Trooper will drop in during the Aug. 5 movie. Treats will be served, Darlington said.
The pool will close for public swimming on Aug. 21.
Also on Monday, David Hunter, Republican candidate for Madison County commissioner, addressed council about his goals, if elected in November.
Hunter told council he will work with all towns and townships to attract business to the county.
“There are too many empty storefronts,” Hunter said.
He said downtown London, South Solon and Mount Sterling are depressed areas.
Downtown West Jefferson and Plain City look better, but the county can be “greatly improved,” Hunter said.
In other routine meeting business on Monday, council:
• Renewed a commercial insurance policy with the Public Entities Pool of Ohio for $44,397. The policy runs through June 7, 2017.
• Appropriated $3,744 in excess revenue to Duke under terms of the company’s Tax Increment Funding agreement with the village.
• Scheduled a special council meeting for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, to review the village charter.
Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.