The Fix is in. Will you take action?
Editorial by: Gerald Collins
The Mayor and Town Council were asked to make early lap swim hours (6 am until 8 am) available to Glen Rock residents for the duration of the swim season. Please note that this is not a new request. Each year, this plea is made by Glen Rock residents for whom the 6 am until 8 am early lap swim hours are most convenient. Rather than having an official Glen Rock resident vote to decide if Glen Rock residents can early swim, the Mayor and Town Council created a survey with proposed solutions. Here are some of the Mayor and Town Council’s ideas for the Glen Rock Pool:
1. Increase the Glen Rock resident Senior Citizen lap swim pass from $20.00 to $40.00
2. Increase the non-Senior Citizen Glen Rock lap swim pass from $50.00 to $100.00
3. Make additional night time lap swim hours available
Let’s pause for a moment to review the available budget information (www.glenrocknj.net):
• The projected Glen Rock Pool badge revenue for 2014 was $345,000.00. The actual amount received was $375,005.00.
• The projected Glen Rock Pool badge revenue for 2015 was $350,000.00. The actual amount received was $392,334.00.
• The 2014 projected Wyckoff Sharks lease revenue was $5,000.00. The actual amount received in 2014 was $5,050.00.
• The 2015 projected Wyckoff Sharks lease revenue was $5,000.00. The actual amount received was $4,200.00.
• The projected Wyckoff Sharks lease revenue for both 2012 and 2013 was $5,000.00.
• In 2010, the projected Wyckoff Sharks lease revenue was $6,000.00, and $6,066.00 was received. Since then, the budget’s anticipated Wyckoff Sharks lease revenue has held steady at $5,000.00.
Even an Accounting 101 student at a diploma mill college could divine this pattern – the Wyckoff Sharks projected pool lease revenue is fixed, regardless of Glen Rock’s prevailing financial condition. While Glen Rock’s population grows and Glen Rock Pool revenue increases, the Wyckoff Sharks lease rental amount stays the same. There is no consideration of increased contribution.
The Glen Rock Mayor and Town Council were asked to enable early swim times for Glen Rock residents. The Mayor and Town Council gave the issue some thought, and devised a plan to significantly increase the lap swim pass price for Glen Rock residents. Here are some other ideas:
• Have the Wyckoff Sharks alternate their team, with one half swimming one morning, and the other the next (instead of the entire Wyckoff Sharks team taking over the entire pool). This would free up lanes for people like Glen Rock’s resident triathlete working moms to swim.
• Have the Wyckoff Sharks swim after Glen Rock resident early swim. How does the schedule of a student (from another town) on summer break take priority over a tax-paying, commuting (and voting) Glen Rock resident?
Here are some ideas for Glen Rock Pool revenue generation (and I have more):
• Make an effort to promote early swim hours to Glen Rock residents. I have encountered many Glen Rock resident commuters that had no idea early swim is a fitness option.
• Establish an annual Glen Rock Pool triathlon or duathlon for adults. Similar to the New York Central Park Triathlon, the number of participants can be capped. This could be a fun family event, and a Glen Rock Pool fund builder.
There are people on Facebook who are counting on you to discount this issue. They will tell you that hardly any Glen Rock residents utilize early morning swim. They will tell you that the arrangement with the Wyckoff Sharks has been in place for many years (notably, at the same rate). Please ask them if they swim early. Please ask them what their association is with the Wyckoff Sharks. Please question their assuredness….ask why on their behalf, the Mayor and Town Council hold the Wyckoff Sharks in greater esteem than Glen Rock residents. Please also note that the pro-Wyckoff Sharks arrangement contingent on Facebook vigorously denied the survey’s existence.
The Mayor and Town Council are attempting to use an imprecise survey to make a decision that will impact everyone in the future. One day, some of you will decide you want to swim before catching the 8:12 a.m. train. One day, your child will want to swim before their college class, or making their own commute to work. If you ignore this issue, you are guaranteeing Glen Rock residents will continue to be turned away for the Wyckoff Sharks.