Looking Back: 2020 Season
Oct. 6, 2020
Thank you for your responses!
We received 80 survey responses, and we are reading every one of them for things you liked and suggestions for improvement.
We were happy to see so many of you enjoyed your summer at the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club!
Deputy Mayor, Hazlet Township
Sept. 21, 2020
Dear Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club Members,
This was the 50th anniversary of the opening of our town’s gem. We faced many unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, but we hope that you and your family had a summer filled with fond memories.
Please take a few minutes of your time to complete this survey. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated as we begin the process of developing a plan for the 2021 season.
(Oct. 12 update: The Survey is now closed.)
I want to thank you for being a part of our beautiful swim and tennis club this summer, and we hope to see you again next year.
Deputy Mayor, Hazlet Township
OUR HAZLET SWIM CLUB IS 50 YEARS OLD
SWIM CLUB CLOSED SAT. AUG. 29
SWIM CLUB CLOSED SUN. AUG. 16
SWIM CLUB OPEN WEDS. AUG. 5
CLOSED TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
HAZLET SWIM & TENNIS CLUB CLOSING POLICY
NEW IN 2020 - IMPROVED MEMBER COMMUNICATION
Earlier today, the Hazlet Swim Club was closed due to rainy weather and predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon.
But better weather has allowed the club to open up. Lifeguards are coming back. The main pool will be open.
Come on down!
SWIM CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONCLUDES
July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020
To celebrate International Kindness Day, today ALL children entering the Hazlet Swim Club on July 14 will receive a free t-shirt after they share with a staff member "What kindness means to me." The movement seeks to bring attention to the importance of kindness and encourage goodwill. The t-shirts are a gift from Camp Coconuts!
At camp today, the kids formed circles to play a yarn game It starts with a regular ball of yarn. The first person wraps some of the string loosely around his/her fingers and throws the yarn ball to someone in the circle, who offers what kindness means to them. The process is repeated until each person has gotten the yarn ball and has some yarn wrapped around his/her fingers. After tossing it for awhile, a spider web of friendship forms uniting the group. The game ends with a few snips of a scissor and everyone creates a yarn bracelet.
This being summer camp, some of the kindnesses included dropping off items at the Lost and Found box. Another also suggested instead of high fives, to offer elbow bumps instead.
HAZLET SWIM CLUB IS OPEN
Sunday, July 12
Friends, its a beautiful day at the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club. According to the forecast, there will be many more hot, summery days to come.
Members will have full use of the beautiful club and lots of room to maintain social distance. (Remember: the facility is only shared with camp on the weekdays.)
Did you sign up? You will have your name cross-checked at the door, so no photo or passes/fobs needed to reduce waiting in line. And yes, guests are permitted! Bring your chairs and your own drinks/snacks as the concession stand is closed.
See you at the pool!
OPENING DAY DELAYED!
WEEKEND MEMBERSHIPS NOW INCLUDE NIGHTS AFTER 4 PM
RATES FOR THE WEEKEND + NIGHTS PLAN:
WAIVER FORM FOR SWIM CLUB MEMBERS
WE’RE GETTING READY
SWIM CLUB WILL REOPEN, SUMMER CAMP TO START
SWIM CLUB EXTENDED MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCED
SWIM CLUB CLOSURE
HOW THE DECISION WAS MADE TO CANCEL SWIM CLUB, SUMMER CAMP SEASON
June 3, 2020
As a follow up to the Township’s announcement, I would to like to share some background about the difficult decision to close the Hazlet Swim Club and Hazlet Recreation Summer Camp for the 2020 season – a decision that none of us on the Township Committee took lightly.
Currently, under the Governor’s Executive Orders, municipal swim clubs are not allowed to operate.
Our Hazlet Swim Club was originally scheduled to open up on May 23rd, Memorial Day weekend. The process to open and operate our swim club starts well before that. Budgets are prepared, data is analyzed, fee and salary ordinances are reviewed, job applications are processed and many other administrative requirements are performed over the winter and the spring. In March, when COVID-19 hit the East Coast, our Recreation Department continued to prepare for the 2020 season. Spring arrived, and New Jersey was in the middle of the pandemic and statewide lockdown, but the swim club was still being prepped in anticipation conditions would allow us to return to our normal routine.
During this time, I was in nearly daily contact with the Governor’s office for many things, including discussions about municipal swim clubs. For several weeks, I have been told that new Executive Orders to authorize municipal swim clubs to operate at a future date would be given, as well as operational guidance. These are tough decisions that impact the entire state. To date, no new order has been made. We need several weeks to assemble a staff to service the swim club. This does not include any specific preparation that would have to be made to meet state guidelines for safety. The opening had already been postponed from Memorial Day weekend to June 27th as we continued to wait for new orders and sign up club members. On Friday May 30th, the Governor said that no decision on municipal swim clubs will be coming in the immediate future. See article.
The Hazlet Swim Club is a municipal utility, which means that the swim club is funded by the fees generated by its operations. However, any revenue shortages are the responsibility of municipality. So, if there are not enough membership fees, the taxpayers are then responsible to subsidize the swim club. This expense is not part of the municipal budget. As such, this burden would be treated as an unforeseen expense and would be taxed against the residents next year. The 2020 swim club memberships were drastically down from prior years, making it nearly impossible to operate the Hazlet Swim Club even if the governor allowed it. However, there was hope. Several federal bills were being discussed that would help municipalities with revenue replacement. One such bill known as the HEROES Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and presented to the U.S. Senate for review. I have personally been in contact with the Congressman Frank Pallone’s office on almost a daily basis for many things including discussions about municipal revenue replacement. Unfortunately, this bill has stalled in the Senate. Another bill that included municipal revenue replacement, which was introduced in the Senate, was the SMART Act. I have also personally been in contact with the offices of Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on almost a daily basis for many things, including discussions about municipal revenue replacement. In my most recent conversation, just this past Tuesday with the Senators’ office, I was told that it was not likely that either the HEROES Act and SMART Act would be voted on by the Senate in the near future. Any federally funded municipal revenue replacement would not be available, if at all, until after the summer.
Our summer recreation camp is a fantastic program. It also includes before and after care to cover the full working day. Earlier this year I was able to help work out an arrangement with Hazlet Board of Education to use the schools to expand our summer camp into a "rain or shine" camp. Parents would now have access to consistent activities and care for their children without worrying about the weather. Several days ago, the Governor did allow for municipal summer day camps. CDC guidelines significantly restructure the way camp would have been run and indoor activity would be severely restricted due to the number of people allowed. Field trips would be cancelled. Meal plans would need to be altered. These camps are also self-funded by the recreation fees but with low enrollment, this would have been another burden on Hazlet taxpayers. One of the main features of the summer recreation camp is the use of the Hazlet Swim Club as part of the program. Without the swim club and limited indoor access, heat issues would be a health risk on top of COVID-19 exposure.
Residents could no longer be held in limbo. Alternative plans need to be made as summer quickly approached. The few who paid could not have their money tied up in uncertainty.
After much fact-finding and deliberation, limited by state orders, without federal relief, and to ensure the safety of the swim club members, recreation campers and all the workers and employees, the Township Committee agreed unanimously June 2nd to close the Swim Club and Summer Recreation Camp for the 2020 season.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Mayor Mike Glackin