A local swim team needs swimmers who live outside of Ogdensburg to meet the 20-member requirement for competition, a factor the borough council is taking into account as it rewrites the ordinance on Heater’s Pond.
The council had asked the Ogdensburg Recreational Association (ORA) for input as it considers opening up the pond to both residential and non-residential use.
Michelle Nardini, manager of the Ogdensburg Otters, told the council at its July 27 meeting that only 14 borough residents were part of the official swim team this year, not counting the pre-team. Families and parent volunteers who live outside of Ogdensburg are also essential to the success of the swim team and ORA, she said.
Nardini asked the council to make life easier for parents by allowing younger children to go into the water while waiting for siblings.
Mayor George Hutnick said that, in response to a letter from the ORA expressing its views, the borough will allow the association to use a speaker system, purchased through the Friends of Heater’s Pond and Drug Alliance, for swimming events. The ORA already uses the snack shack and will use lifeguards, he said, as long as they coordinate with the head of Parks and Recreation. He said they will need to discuss the other points in the letter to come to a clear mutual understanding.
Nardini said borough residents may use the ORA lanes at Heater’s Pond to swim laps when the swim team does not need them.