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Neighbors debate pool policies in South Windsor

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With the hot weather, many residents will be taking a dip at the town pool in South Windsor, however, some people want to keep non-residents out.

Connecticut residents are in store for one of the hottest stretches this year and the public pool at Veteran's Park is the place to be.

"Today, it's 95 degrees in the shade, so I imagine there's a lot of demand to use the pool today," said David Stone, of South Windsor.

Three different pool options for different swimmers is very appealing and it's pulling in outsiders such as Karl Emt, of Hebron.

"If it's a public pool and it's funded with the money from the gate, then they can't tell anyone not to swim there," Emt said.

Emt is not the only one outside of South Windsor with that idea. The pool capacity is 1,300 and so far this year, officials told Eyewitness News it hasn't been reached.

However, sometimes it's gotten close, too close for comfort for some residents. The migration from around the state is music to the ears of directors.

"They will pay a $9 daily non-resident admission to come to this facility," said South Windsor Parks and Recreation Director Ray Favreau. "That's a compliment."

Favreau told Eyewitness News the non-residents are the lifeblood of the pool and without them, he isn't sure what the pool might turn into.

"We would have a short fall if we do not allow non-residents to the facility," Favreau said.

Some locals suggested raising the rates for all. 

"We raise the price when too many people wish to use it," Stone said.

That decision hasn't been made yet. Forced to generate a $250,000 profit a year, Favreau is finding it tough to keep a happy balance.

"It's a balancing act of accommodating residents and generating the necessary revenue to be revenue neutral," Favreau said.

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