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Sellersburg officials at odds over rotting wood, rusty water slide, other issues at community pool

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Rotting wood and rusting water slides don’t exactly say welcome to the Sellersburg Pool.

Pool manager Vickie Wilson said necessary improvements have not been made to the pool or its building in years and that town leaders aren’t being held accountable.

"I just love coming here," said Sellersburg resident Katy Boggs.

Boggs has been taking her two daughters to the pool for fun and swim lessons year after year. But every summer she hopes for a few changes.  

"That maybe they'll at least have painted the lines on the side of the pool, or maybe they'll fix the broken tiles, crumbling concrete, or even get new chairs. They're all broken," Boggs said.

She isn't alone. Wilson said there's a long list of other problems that need to be taken care of.

"The under hang is starting to rot. The paint is peeling. All of this maintenance should have been done before the pool ever opened," Wilson said.

The pool slides have also seen their share of difficulties with rust peelings.

"Our lifeguards are constantly trying to scrape that off with a broom and then sweep that up to make sure there are not any injuries," Wilson said.

As for getting help from the Sellersburg Town Council or the director of public works, Wilson had this to say.

"I text and call every day, leave voice messages and I've only had one response," Wilson said. "There's no response, no accountability and as you can see no repairs."

Sellersburg Director of Public Works, Ken Alexander, did not return our calls or emails for comment on the issue. 

Wilson says the Sellersburg Police Department on the other hand is responding. It has stepped up patrols after broken beer bottles were found along the fence and glass was getting in the pool.

While pool maintenance falls under the job description for both the pool manager and the director of public works, Sellersburg Town Council President Paul Rhodes says their duties need to be more clear.

"As soon as this season is over, we need to better define the position of pool manager and better define the relationship with the public works director," Rhodes said.

He was very adamant the pool is staying open and is an asset to the community.

"We have no intent of closing that pool and we have all the intention in the world at making sure this conflict of responsibilities does not arise next year," he said.  

Councilwoman Martina Webster also said she's started working on a 2017 draft budget and plans to make sure the parks board has adequate funding.

As for the remainder of this summer, Wilson said she will continue to fight for her cause by attending every town council meeting.

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