Lifeguards sought for Belleview pool

STEUBENVILLE – The LaBelle Neighbors Who Care are continuing to accept applications for lifeguards and cashiers for the Belleview Pool tentatively set to open the first week of June.

“We are acting in a human resources capacity while the Community for Youth Development has stepped up to oversee the actual pool operations,” said Katie Hess.

“We have lifeguard and cashier applications available at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center as well as the lobby counter at the City Building,” added Hess.

“We are hiring vigilant and respectful, team-oriented employees, confident in enforcing policy and responding to crisis situations. The applicants should display a positive attitude. Lifeguard, CPR and first aid certifications are required and experience is preferred,” she said.

“These are part-time, seasonal positions only. The expected start date is June 1,” noted Hess.

That June 1 start date is on Councilman at large Kenny Davis’ mind as he continues to seek funding needed to operate the swimming pool this summer and to establish a fund for future years.

“We are still offering tickets for a drawing to win a 2013 Ford Fusion from TEAM Automotive, a 50-inch flat screen television from Frank & Jerry’s Furniture and Appliance store and a gas grill from M&M True Value Hardware Store,” said Davis.

“I am proposing we have a party at the Belleview Park gazebo on June 1. We can have a hot dog lunch and a ticket drawing to award the prizes. And, hopefully within a day or so after that we will open the Belleview Pool for the summer,” stated Davis.

“We have tickets available at the Spot Bar, the Historic Fort Steuben Visitors Center, TEAM Automotive or by contacting me. I know we can raise the funds we need to open the pool this year and we can start building up the fund and planning for next year,” noted Davis.

“This is a very positive thing going on in our city. I know Steubenville has had more than its share of tough news in recent months. But we are doing something positive. I know in my heart we can raise the funds we need to open the pool this year,” Davis has said.

“We have been approved for up to $20,000 in matching grant funds and two local nonprofit groups have applied for additional grants. This is all positive. The washing and painting of the pool is set to happen during the next several days. And our goal is to open the Belleview Pool by June 1,” according to Davis.

“The Save Our Pool committee won’t stop after the pool is open. We will be meeting on a year-round basis to build up the pool operating fund and hopefully establish a trust for the future of the pool,” added Davis.

Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci has pledged $500 from his next paycheck for the Save Our Pool campaign.

“This is a very important recreational facility in our community, and I encourage everyone to do whatever they can to make sure we open the Belleview Pool this summer and build a trust fund for future years,” Mucci stated.

City Council tonight will consider two emergency ordinances directing the acting city manager to enter into agreements with the Community for Youth Development and the LaBelle Neighbors Who Care to operate the Belleview Pool this summer.