It may cost more to stay cool at the this coming summer.
At the Dec. 20 Township Committee meeting, Mayor Vic DeLuca updated Committee members on a pending need for increasing pool fees by as much as 30% to pay for
DeLuca noted that the bond counsel judged that the useful life of the more than $1 million project was 11 years, not 15, compressing the payments. The 2012 payment is projected to be about $160,000 ($30,000 in interest and $130,000 in principal).
"The Pool Advisory Committee recommends increasing the fee to cover the cost," said DeLuca. A 30% increase would bring the family fee from $315 to about $400. DeLuca said the Committee suggested that the fee increase should be less for seniors.
Since the pool — which is run as a separate authority — has excess membership capacity, DeLuca said that the Pool Advisory Committee recommended opening up membership to the five contiguous towns (Millburn, South Orange, Irvington, Union and Newark) at 150% of the fee for Maplewood residents. DeLuca said that the out-of-town membership would be capped at 100, and that Maplewood residents would always take priority.
"The idea is to see if we could create a market — a way to soften the blow to Maplewood residents," said DeLuca. In 2011, more than 2,100 families for a total of more than 7,000 individuals were members of the Maplewood Pool.
No action on the Committee's suggestions would be taken until February.