TOTAL COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION DONATES $1,000 TO COVER POOL VANDALISM COSTS

NOTE: This story was posted by The News-Herald Newspapers' Anne Runkle on Wednesday, July 30

Phillip Matous, president of the Total Community Credit Union in Taylor, read about vandalism at the Northwest Park pool and decided to act.

“It’s unfortunate. These things happen in any community. We thought we’d do our part,” he said.

The credit union at 25155 Goddard Road sent the city a check for $1,000.

“It was disheartening to read in The News-Herald that vandals broke into the pool,” Matous wrote in a letter to Mayor Rick Sollars. “We hope this $1,000 helps to cover the cost for repairing the damage.”

The pool at Northwest Park, off Van Born between Beech-Daly and Inkster, had just reopened after the city shuttered it because of budget constraints.

Sollars said the check came “out of nowhere” and shows the goodwill of Taylor residents and businesses.

The pool is the only one the city still operates; it’s open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Just before the Independence Day holiday, a manhole cover was tossed through a window of the lifeguard room to gain access to the building. Once inside, the culprits used a bench outside the locker rooms to smash into a vending machine. Repairs were estimated at about $1,000.

City officials reported problems at the facility since it reopened, with several incidents of garbage and bottles thrown over a fence and into the pool.

Contact Staff Writer Anne Runkle at 1-734-246-0882 or arunkle@heritage.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at @AnneRunkle1.