Village commission to vote on its responsibility to the pool next week
Scotia Pool in Bible Hill was expected to close in the fall when the civic centre in Truro opens. There were talks of the village and provincial government joining forces to keep the community pool open for another year but that plan may now be jeopardized because of budgetary issues. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - Plans for the Village of Bible Hill to take on operations of the Scotia Pool for a year may not happen after all.
Earlier this week, village commissioners discussed the idea of being responsible for operating the pool for a year, beginning this fall. It was earlier believed the pool, located at the AgriTech Park, could remain in operation for one yearwith the help of the provincial governmentafter the opening of the civic centre this fall. The idea was the province would be in charge of the maintenance of the facility and equipment, while the village could be responsible for the operations, including programming, staffing and collecting pool usage fees.
However, that may not happen now. Village chairman Tom Burke told the Truro Daily News a decision will be made next Tuesday night during the regular monthly commission meeting. He said if the project is not approved it would be because of budget issues.
"It's a monetary issue," said Burke. "There's no question from a personal standpoint that it's extremely disappointing. It's tough to see we (may not) be able to carry it forward and we are doing everything we could."
Part of the budgetary issues Burke referred to is a $300,000 shortfall in the village budget. The deficit comes from the village's storm water upgrades and Pictou Road sidewalk upgrades both being over budget.
Village clerk Bob Christianson said the shortfall could be made up by reducing administration, transportation and recreation services budgets. Staff will not be affected.
Next Tuesday's commission meeting is open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. and is held at the village office on Pictou Road.