PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The fighting for Pittsburgh continues to find enough lifeguards for their city pools this summer.
Only eight of the 18 pools are currently open.
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On Wednesday, Pittsburgh City Council decided to withhold for a week a bill that would increase the payment for lifeguards in urban swimming pools.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the bill would transfer $ 380,000 from the Department of Public Works to Parks and Recreation.
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Many councilors believe that pool workers should be paid more, but some also believe that their part-time workers should be paid more.
Meanwhile, there are concerns that when the city stops opening pools, kids won’t know where to go this summer and crime is already a serious problem.
“I just want to offer our children a safe place for the summer. Everyone sees what happens to the murders in the city and around us. We have to do something now to encourage the children to do something positive, and sometimes it is a relief for the parents, ”said Theresa Kail-Smith, President-in-Office of the Council.
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The council is expected to decide next week on raising lifeguard salaries.