RAVENA — With the weather turning decidedly warmer and the end of school now in sight, the village of Ravena is gearing up for a new season at the Mosher Park pool.
And this year, there’s something new in store for people in neighboring communities.
“This year we are offering something a little different, with a seasonal pass,” Ravena Mayor Bill Misuraca said at the June 5 meeting of the Ravena Village Board.
While village residents could always use the pool for free, now town residents in Coeymans and New Baltimore, as well as others, will have the opportunity to do so as well for a small fee.
Village Trustee Linda Muller, a retired physical education teacher, is the village’s liaison with the pool and is spearheading the pool pass program.
“Ravena residents are free with a pass. Guests of Ravena passholders will be charged $3 a day. Town of Coeymans and town of New Baltimore residents will be $3 per day, and all others will be $5 a day,” Muller explained during the meeting.
“For the season passes for the towns of Coeymans and New Baltimore — a single season pass will be $65, a two-person pass will be $75, and a family pass will be $100,” Muller continued. “These passes can be purchased at the Ravena village offices.”
To obtain their free pool pass, village residents just need to show a household bill and ID, like a driver’s license, that includes a photo.
Village Trustee Bill Bailey noted that during the recent joint meeting between village and town elected officials, village board members brought up the idea to share the responsibility of the pool with the town, but it was a no-go.
“This was discussed with the town and again we extended our continual offer of the town going in on the pool and sharing the expenses, and therefore the prices for town residents would be free,” Bailey said. “They chose not to participate, so therefore we have this fee structure.”
At that joint workshop meeting, the two boards decided to create a two-person committee, with Muller representing the village and Town Councilman Ken Burns representing the town, to discuss the issue more in depth.
“We will review how many people come in to the pool, and then we will hopefully discuss this again,” Muller said.
The Mosher Park pool will open at the end of June and will remain open through Labor Day weekend, according to the village website. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m.
In other village news, Misuraca pointed out that the area behind the VFW building at Mosher Park has been cleared and brush cut. The space will be turned into a dog park.
Clearing out the brush was done with several entities joining in —the town of Coeymans and New Baltimore shared equipment the village needed to do the job, and Carver Companies brought in a brush cutter as well.
“We are now waiting on some fill, but because everybody worked together on that, it was a nice big zero cost to the taxpayer,” Misuraca said.
In addition to clearing the space for use as a dog park — once fencing has been put in — there are other benefits as well.
“It also took out a major tick and vermin habitat by getting rid of that underbrush,” Misuraca said. “It also increased drainage in the area.”
Meanwhile, Village Trustee Nancy Warner used the topic as a segue to a related issue — making sure local homeowners keep their own lawns trim.
“[The village code] requires people to mow their lawns — they are not to be in excess of eight or nine inches,” Warner said. “There are several in the village that are very high at this point… We encourage everyone to get their lawns back down. It is a habitat for ticks and other vermin, and it makes the village look not very desirable.”
Bailey added that the village “is taking what action we can for compliance.”
Warner pointed out that not remaining in compliance with village code with regard to lawn maintenance can be a costly move for local residents.
“You can be fined $250, so it would be much cheaper to pay someone to mow, if you can’t mow, than to get a $250 fine,” Warner said. “Once you are notified, every day after is a new notice, so you can be fined per day. Let’s take pride in our community and keep it looking good.”
If there is a reason a homeowner is unable to care for their lawn, Misuraca said the village would be willing to work with them on a reasonable solution.
“If you have a hardship, let us know — if your mower is broken, if you have a broken leg, let us know,” Misuraca said. “We have volunteers that love to do cleanup. If you have an exceptional circumstance, reach out and let us know.”