UPDATE: Commonwealth Health Corporation Near Lease Agreement With Pool

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By Lindsey Yates | 

After budget cuts threatened to shut down the Warren County Aquatic Center many in the community came together to keep the doors open, and those efforts may have paid off.

A new leasing agreement has been in the works but what does it mean for the future of the pool.

The Aquatic Center is one step closer to being saved as Warren County Schools made a unanimous decision in favor of the pool this evening.

"Because the Warren County Board of Education owns the facility they had to give our department, our government the approval to enter into an agreement with our partner and luckily tonight that happened," says Chris Kummer, Director of Warren County Parks and Recreation.

The agreement obtained by WBKO shows Commonwealth Health Corporation plans to sub-lease the pool for at least one year, with an option to renew for the following three years, but a new partner means new changes.

"We'll be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 7a.m to 3p.m. We will be working with our partner during that time, we will also still have pool space available for lap swimmers and water aerobics programs. We will be closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Open Saturdays from 12 to 5 and Sundays will be available for private rental," says Kummer.

The facility will also still be available for students.

"This Aquatic Center was built for the students of Warren County, and it will still be completely used by the students of Warren County for all their purposes. This agreement does not take anything away from our students," says Kerry Young, Chairman of the Warren Co. Board of Education.

And many are calling it a win win for the whole community.

"It's one of the second to last pieces of the puzzle, and it just goes to show that the Warren County Board of Education supports the young people and the citizens of this county, as well as our county government, and working together we're able to pull this off," says Kummer.

"Our students are ours but their parents are the community and the community has always supported our school district and it gives us the chance to give back to the community," says Young.

Kummer will appear in Fiscal Court to present the final plan for approval on the 26th.

The lease agreement states Commonwealth Health Corporation will pay more than $177,000 a year in rent, which equals out to about $15,000 a month.

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