A public grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the 2,760-square-foot addition to the North Orange Aquatic Center will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

A public grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the 2,760-square-foot addition to the North Orange Aquatic Center will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

Orange Township trustees set the opening at their meeting last week, when they also scheduled the annual barbecue at the pool for Saturday, Aug. 1.

This year's event will cost $6 per person at the gate and will run from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The barbecue usually attracts between 300 and 400 people.

The $807,000 new pool features stainless steel walls with four 25-meter lap lanes four feet deep, a water-sitting area and a water-basketball area.

Township officials decided the addition was needed because of overcrowding in the main pool. Work on the addition began in April.

Scott Overturf, who oversees township construction projects, said after the July 20 meeting that some landscaping and other minor work should be completed by July 30.

He told trustees having the grand opening and barbecue on separate days makes sense.

The pool averages between 500 and 900 visitors daily during the summer, but attendance usually starts to drop off after 4:30 each afternoon.

"We'd rather have the opening on a Friday and the barbecue on Saturday," Overturf said.

Trustees also discussed another matter causing concern for some residents.

The emerald ash borer, an insect that destroys ash trees, is rearing its ugly head in The Shores subdivision on Lewis Center Road near Alum Creek State Park.

Representatives of residents living on Storm Haven Court told trustees one ash tree has died on their cul-de-sac and two other trees might be infested. Six apparently healthy ash trees could be saved, resident Bud Abraham said.

"We'd like to try to save them if we can. ... The homeowners on Storm Haven Court have come together to try some pre-emptive measures to stop the ash borer from infesting the (remaining) trees," he said.

The trees are in township right of way along the street and apparently were planted years ago with the understanding the homeowners would take care of them, not the township, zoning inspector Dick Gladman said.

Trustee John Cassady noted the township has a responsibility if dead branches or a dead tree cause hazards in a street.

Maintenance supervisor Dick Ray will examine the diseased tree to see if the township should cut it down under state-mandated guidelines.

The ash borer was first found in Delaware County in 2005.

The county is among about half of Ohio's 88 counties under quarantine by the state regarding removal and disposal of diseased trees.

Other infestations were found earlier in Orange Township.

Overturf said a diseased tree was removed in the township's Ro Park and several other diseased trees were found in Glen Oak Park.

Abraham told trustees the residents appreciate any help they can get from the township.

He said the residents, with possible help from the homeowners association, are willing to pay for removing and disposing of the dead tree and for treating the others.

Ray is to report back to trustees Aug. 3 regarding the situation on Storm Haven Court.