Pool Closed for 2020
Published: June 01, 2020
Please be advised that the Frisco Hills HOA Board has made the tough decision to not open the community pool for the summer. This decision was not reached lightly, but through a lot of debate over the past several weeks. No matter what side of the debate you fall on concerning the reopening of businesses and activities due to the Covid-19 virus, the HOA Board was facing real challenges if we were to reopen the pool this year.
Safety of the residents is always first and foremost in our minds and we do believe that Frisco Hills residents are more than capable of making decisions that would keep them and their families safe, whether it be staying at home or practicing social distancing in public. The real challenges that we face is the monetary hurdles presented in opening the pool in this current environment. We were advised by our attorney that in order to open and mitigate as much risk as possible we would need to perform a lot of additional steps to not only help keep visitors safe, but to also comply with state guidelines. The additional cost would come in the following form:
1. Enhanced pool monitors hours and duties to ensure we are staying under the mandatory minimum visitors, ensure people are social distancing as required, clean and sanitize facilities and equipment after each use, and report any contamination or violation of state regulations.
2. Hire security to protect against angry residents that may be turned away due to maximum capacity being reach at that time. This is probably something a lot of people will say is not needed, but a quick scroll of the Facebook pages will tell you that tempers flare over the easiest of things. Imagine some resident’s reaction being turned away from the pool because it is at capacity.
3. Sanitizing stations that would need to be purchased and installed at the pool in order to provide hand sanitizer, etc. for visitors to use while at the pool. Additionally, we would need to have the facilities cleaned daily as opposed to the 3 days a week for May, June, September and 5 days a week during July and August we currently have scheduled to say we are doing enough to protect residents.
4. Potential litigation in the event that a visitor became sick and determined it was caused by visiting the pool.
Items 1-3 were calculated to cost an additional $35,000 for this year on top of our normal cost to operate the pool and that would not guarantee that we may not be sued if a resident were to become sick. This cost would be the same if we had the same number of visitors as last season or even less due to residents not wanting to risk going to the pool.
In light of these factors we have chosen to keep the pool closed this year and take the funds that we save and apply it to the renovation of the pool that we are currently working on and had planned on starting at the end of the season. We understand that many will be disappointed, and we are disappointed as well. If you have any questions please reach out to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to answer your questions as quickly as possible.
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