Editor’s note: I question a lot more than the spending priorities in Pottstown. The municipal government is corrupt, dysfunctional and has a spending addiction. Taxpayers are overburdened and get very little in return for their hard-earned money. There is no leadership, no vision, no commitment to improving the quality of life in the borough and the list goes on and on. The overpaid manager doesn’t even live in Pottstown along with most of the municipal employees in borough hall. The state needs to take over before it’s too late.
POTTSTOWN — The president and vice president of the Pottstown chapter of the NAACP told borough council Monday that if the borough and school district can find $5 million to fix sidewalks and install bike lanes, they should also be able to find similar amounts to build a pool in Pottstown and help the Ricketts Community Center.
“I went by Memorial Park the other day and I saw kids swimming in the Manatawny (Creek),” NAACP Vice President Johnny Corson told council.
“I know I wouldn’t let my children swim in that creek. Who knows what’s in it, animal feces and the like,” Corson said. “If we had a pool, we wouldn’t have to worry about that.”
Pottstown did have a pool, Gruber Pool, but it closed in 2000 when it was discovered that long-deferred maintenance on the electrical system posed a safety hazard to swimmers.