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The Montgomery Village Foundation set aside funds for projects like pool renovations and park maintenance by approving its 2013 budget at a board meeting Thursday night.

A few of the top priorities, according to Foundation Executive Vice President Dave Humpton, include installing solar panels at the Foundation’s office, maintaining neighborhood trails and renovating community pools.

The solar panels are intended to “reduce Pepco costs by using alternative energy,” Humpton said. The installation is expected to cost $66,500 during the next year, and will save the Foundation about $5,000 in operating costs.

As for neighborhood trails, Humpton said they’ll need numerous fixes. Asphalt paths need to be repaired, a playground needs to be replaced and the Foundation needs to address drainage issues in the area, he said.

The Foundation’s reserve funds will go toward park maintenance projects, while capital budget funds will pay for new and connecting trails, Humpton said.

The new design for the Whetstone community pool, the first of several to be renovated, includes a few new features. They include a diving board, reconfigurable swimming lanes, a 6-foot-tall fiberglass slide and a wading pool.

The pool is designed to be easily accessible for the handicapped. The board agreed to consider contracts for the pool renovation at its next meeting, in November.

Humpton said the Foundation will fund pool enhancements with money in its reserves. Those reserves are funded by monthly Foundation fees, which residents of Montgomery Village pay, and “designated user” fees, which are paid by members of the Village’s various homes corporations.

Residents will not see their monthly fees increase in 2013, but they will go up in 2014 to help pay for pool enhancements, Humpton said. Monthly designated user fees will increase by $4.75.

The board adopted the 2013 budget unanimously.

scarignan@gazette.net