COUDERSPORT -- Lifeguards originally hired to work at the Coudersport pool were approved to do odd jobs around the borough, the Coudersport borough council passed during their last meeting.
Because the pool didn’t open when originally expected -- the end of May -- those who were hired as lifeguards were missing out on their summer of making money. That is, after all, why most people have jobs.
After the council approved hiring all the lifeguards to do jobs around the borough, Bev Morris, borough manager, put a call out to all the lifeguards. It wasn’t mandatory, she said, it was just a way to help them make money while the pool continued to be worked on.
So far, the life guards have done trimming, weeding, cleaning and painting at CARP, Mitchell Park, the library and the arboretum.
Morris said it was important to find things for them to do that didn’t interfere with the jobs borough employees have.
“These kids have been amazing,” Morris said. She doesn’t have to watch them, she said. They’ve proven to be responsible and complete the work they agreed to do.
“There were no complaints, no eye rolls,” Morris said. “They’ve been super.”
The list of odd jobs goes on, so it’s unlikely they’ll run out of things to do anytime soon. The windows in the borough building could use a good wash and there is plenty of paperwork to be organized, Morris said.
“There’s a lot of little stuff they could be doing,” Morris said. But what may seem small to the lifeguards is actually a huge help to the borough. All of their projects focus on benefiting the community.
The crew even washed and did some detailing on the fire trucks at the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.
The lifeguards, who are mostly in their teens, spent two days at the arboretum. They took out at least 12 bags of debris, Morris said. Connie Brown, a member of the arboretum committee, was very happy to have that extra help, Morris said.
When it looks like the pool is close to being open, Morris plans to have them clean the bath house and organize and date the first aid kits. There is no open date for the pool yet, but Morris said progress has been made.