Archbold, OH

Swimming Pool Problem Located

Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, told members of the Archbold Park Board the problem with the Archbold Swimming Pool has been located.

“The leak is in the clear well,” a large holding tank that is part of the water filtration system, Kidder told park board members at their Monday, April 9 meeting.

The pool has been leaking water for some time. Two attempts were made to fix the problem, with no success.

Pumps, piping, filters and other equipment connect the pool and the clear well. In an attempt to find the problem, the clear well and the pool were isolated from one another by valves.

Troy Double, parks superintendent, said after two months, water in the pool did not drop an inch.

Therefore, the problem is in the clear well.

Kidder said when village workers start preparing the pool for the coming season, they will put new caulking in the clear well.


In other pool-related news, Kidder said Bridget Wyse is the swimming pool manager for the 2012 season. Jordan Fidler is the assistant manager.

This year, Kidder said, was the first year she didn’t have to hire someone for the swimming pool staff.

“Everyone came back,” she said.

She said this year, Parks & Recreation will try to function with two maintenance employees instead of three, in an attempt to save money.

If necessary, Kidder said a third worker could be hired later.

“There’s always someone looking for a job if we get desperate,” she said.

In addition, Parks & Recreation hires one person to water trees on a part-time, as-needed basis.

Church Work Day

Several Archbold churches joined together Saturday, March 24, for a community work day.

Kidder said volunteers from the village churches did various work details throughout the village, including work in Ruihley Park.

The volunteers did quite a bit of work in the park, including cleanup around the horseshoe pits, park pavilion, and Civil War Memorial cannon.

“They did a nice job,” Kidder said.

A tentative date of Saturday, May 5, has been set for the construction of two picnic shelters in Woodland Park. If there is adverse weather, construction will be put off until June, Kidder said.

One shelter will be built north of the playground. A second will be constructed to the southeast of the small soccer fields, in the west half of the park.

Kidder said tryouts for the Little League team started Monday. Tryouts for the age 10-and-under traveling team also were scheduled.

Kidder said Brian Becher, Archbold High School wrestling coach, will take photos of summer sports events.

Money raised by the sale of photos will go to the Archbold Mother’s Club, which supports Archbold wrestling.

All Park Board members were present, and all votes unanimous.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 16, 8 pm, at the Archbold Council Chambers.–David Pugh

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