County Deeding Over Park, Pool To Rosman - Brevard NC


Last updated 2/10/2016 at 12:25pm

Champion Park Pool

Transylvania County commissioners Monday authorized a letter of intent to be written that would deed ownership of Champion Park, including the pool and softball field, to the town of Rosman.

The deeding of the county property is a requirement for a grant the town is seeking to try and get the ailing pool open this summer.

Rosman Mayor Brian Shelton has been working with county officials on the pool after it was suggested last November another season without more intense renovation would be a challenge and that commissioners wait for results of the county Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan to make a decision.

The agreement with the county also includes transferring the remaining fiscal year budget funds for the pool to the town, and the county funding $50,000 (the current budgeted amount) toward the park's operations for the next three fiscal years beginning July 1.

The funds can only be used for the park and any money left over would be used for pool/park improvements.

The town will take over maintenance and upkeep of the property and be responsible for any liability insurance.

If the pool shuts down, the county would no longer provide the financial supplement and would take back ownership of the property.

Rosman is pursuing $50,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The county, as part of the approved proposal, will contribute another $20,000 toward the renovations at the pool.

The town will contribute $21,000 toward the improvements.

Of the amount, the town will take out a $16,000 loan.

Commissioner Jason Chappell failed to get a second to a motion calling for the county to fund the $21,000 as well.

The town also plans to try and raise $15,000 from the community.

Of the $15,000, Shelton said he'd had verbal commitments of $6,000, so far.

The total cost of the pool project improvements is $106,000 and will pay for, among other things, new pump room equipment, new pool decking, a diving board, lifeguard stands, a handicap ramp into the kiddie pool, and new tile and plaster. The lifetime of these improvements is not clear, with future renovation work likely.

If the grant is awarded, the construction should be completed by mid-April.

Champion Pool has been in operation for the past 35 years. For the past several years, the pool has required annual work to remain open. An audit done last year found the pool needed nearly $1 million in renovations to bring it all up to current standards and to make it an "attractive destination based on today's expectations."

Last summer, 3,100 people, at an average of 39 people a day, visited the pool.

Back-Up Plan

Also during its regular meeting Monday, commissioners approved $9,500 for a free day camp during the summer at Rosman High School if the pool is not reopened in time.

The camp would be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The funds would pay for two staff members, snacks and supplies.

(More from the commissioners' meeting will appear in Monday's paper.)


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