After seven years with the same company, the Plain Township trustees voted Dec. 28 to use Brecksville-based Hastings Water Works to operate and manage the Plain Township Aquatic Center.

After seven years with the same company, the Plain Township trustees voted Dec. 28 to use Brecksville-based Hastings Water Works to operate and manage the Plain Township Aquatic Center.

Township officials previously used Columbus Pool Management for the aquatics center on Swickard Woods Boulevard but decided to switch to Hastings after receiving unexpected charges and problems when talking with company representatives, trustees chairman Dave Ferguson said.

The township, which also looked at Hastings last year, agreed to enter into a one-year contract with Hastings for $169,900, including both management and pool opening and closing services.
CMP would have cost the township $148,540 for similar services.

A representative from CMP attended the trustees' meeting and said the township would not incur unexpected costs if trustees were to choose CPM.

"I know that the township was very disappointed with how things were handled at one time," Ferguson said. "I think it was two years ago, and they felt like they weren't dealt with in the most equitable way. I was disappointed in CPM and the relationship and how that transpired."

He said that in his opinion, Hastings spelled out its services more clearly.

Both township administrator J.B. Bowe and assistant administrator Ben Collins recommended using Hastings.

"We feel like we have come a long way with CMP, but we feel very strong about trying to put the pool on its own," Bowe said. "We feel like with Hastings, they offered us more for our money."

According to the Hastings Web site, the company, formed in 1992, is the largest pool service, maintenance and management company in Ohio.

The trustees voted Dec. 16 to use Columbus-based Cardinal Vending Services to handled concessions at the aquatics center for the 2010 summer.

In addition to the new pool contract, the trustees also voted to give Collins a 10-percent raise.
Collins, who was hired in July as zoning officer, was promoted to assistant township zoning officer Dec. 16. Collins will make $55,000 plus insurance benefits after his raise takes effect in January.

The three trustees also voted to purchase a new fire engine from the Sutphen Corp. for $561,574.
Plain Township Fire Chief John Hoovler had asked the trustees to sign a contract with the company before year's end to lock in the price through the state bid program. The truck likely will not be delivered until late 2010 or early 2011 because it must be built to specifications.