© Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
Bible Hill resident Carolyn Boyd isn't ready to give up hope on the fate of the Scotia Pool. She is hoping more funds can be found to keep the pool in the community past the end of the year.
BIBLE HILL - Although time is running out to save Scotia Pool, hope must not be lost, says Carolyn Boyd.
The Bible Hill resident uses the pool three times a week to help with fitness, mobility and arthritis management. She is only one of the patrons hoping to find a way to save the pool from closing.
"It means a great deal to me. We should always have hope and never give up because if we do we will never have a pool in Bible Hill," said Boyd.
Her husband, Dwight Giddens, said the fight to save the pool is not over.
"We are trying to identify all the grants we've had in the past and trying to find more funds," said Giddens. "It's more of a fact-finding mission ... the timeline is obviously against us though."
Supporters originally thought the pool would be open until September 2013. A preliminary plan between the province and Village of Bible Hill was discussed which would have seen the province fund the pool's heat, lights and infrastructure costs with the village taking care of administrative costs. A shortfall in the village's budget, however, has made it impossible for the village to commit.
Bible Hill's Glenda Bower, who is a spokeswoman for pool patrons and an arthritis group using the pool, said the fallout of the joint project left people frustrated.
"We thought we had until Sept. 1, 2013 to get a more permanent solution. But there's lots happening behind the scenes to seek funding ... and it will be open until Dec. 31, 2012," said Bower about the pool that costs $500,000 to operate annually and accommodates about 200 people weekly, mostly seniors.
Bower also confirmed a meeting between the Scotia Pool Society and the Village of Bible Hill was requested by village officials for last night.
"Too many groups are involved and we need a good sense of what's going on," village chairman Tom Burke told the Truro Daily News. "Everybody's hounding me for an answer and I don't have one."
Bower said she, and possibly some other pool supporters, intended to be at tonight's regular monthly village meeting at the village hall on Pictou Road for any possible developments. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
She added a meeting will be requested with Colchester County council to discuss the situation again. Pool users are also encouraged to participate in a phone campaign to councillors if they are disappointed county funding for the pool is being withdrawn this fall when the new civic centre opens in Truro.