Ridgewood September 16, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 3 Pool plans will not be submitted in foreseeable future by John Koster The Ridgewood Council decided that two or three more meetings will be necessary before a request for proposals could be submitted to make alterations on Graydon Pool. And what those alterations will include would also be subject to further discussion. “In a nutshell, it is wide open,” said Councilman Patrick Mancuso, “We’re still collecting information to make recommendations.” The schedule to submit a request for proposals on plans that would have led to three concrete swimming pools was put on the back burner after proponents and opponents turned out in such numbers that the council chambers had to be cordoned off by the police. Members of the recently formed Fix Graydon Now group, who had called for a massive turnout to support the plans developed by the Ridgewood Pool Project, and of the Preserve Graydon Coalition, who turned out in response, filled the two large rooms on the first floor and watched the meeting on largescreen television. The two factions contesting the future of Graydon were told to keep their comments short, but the work session that started at 7:30 was still on the topic of the pool plans until 10 p.m., when Mayor David Pfund thanked both sides and continued with the rest of the meeting as most of the audience left. Mixed comments, about two-thirds of them favoring the concrete pools, were followed by a formal presentation by the Preserve Graydon Coalition, asserting that improved water purification without disrupting the lake-life quality of Graydon was a better solution. Jerry Romano, a professional water quality contractor, argued that, because Graydon is spring-fed, it would be possible to improve the water quality with improved filtration and only a mild use of chemicals, and that a concrete pool complex was not necessarily the answer to concerns about water quality. “Water clarity is a very gray area, not to be confused with water quality,” Romano said. Other supporters of the Preserve Graydon Coalition said concrete pools could lead to more injuries for children, and that concrete pools in some cases presented water problem qualities of their own, since the water is not constantly replenished from artesian sources as they said Graydon is. Supporters of Fix Graydon Now, the group that supports the multi-pool complex that some have called a “water park,” argued that the water quality in Graydon is unacceptable. Some said that pediatricians had warned expectant mothers and children with weak immune systems to avoid Graydon. One competitive swimmer said he took his children out of Graydon membership because they did not like the water quality and the fact that so many of their friends had quit. However, he said he swam there in preparation for a fivemile competitive swim in the Hudson River. “There was a lot of elbow room because nobody else (continued on page 6) Slim Down Now! Super September Savings! s. Call for detail Chiropractic Wellness Center It’s Chiropractic’s 114th Birthday! Come Celebrate With Us Our gift to the first 5 celebrants at DIET WEIGHT LOSE CENTER® BIRTHDAY WEEK EE SPECIAL FR Normally $280.00 LOSE 10-20-30 POUNDS or more! 201-652-4447 MIDLAND PARK 24 Godwin Avenue FABULOUS INSTANT SHAPE UP PLAN Get Started Now With Our Full Exam and X-Ray ��������������� ������������������������ ������������������ ��������������������������������������� ������������������� �������������������� ������������������� ��������������������������������������� CALL NOW! 1973 - 2009 36 Years of Excellence 9-16-09 kathy/janine GinaPersonalTraining2x2(9-16-09) 2 x 2” 9-16-09 Pat from Janine DrMilazzoBirthday2x2(9-16-09) 2 col x 2” ����������������������� ����������������������������� ��������������������������� ���������������������������