‘Massive’ financial responsibilities ahead for pool society

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BIBLE HILL – The Scotia Pool Society will have to take on massive financial responsibilities in order to stay in operation beyond this summer.

‘Massive’ financial responsibilities ahead for pool society

A letter from Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell was read at this week’s Bible Hill village commission meeting stating the department, which oversees the operational expenses, will allow the pool to remain operational at least until the summer.

Past that date will depend on some heavy demands by the provincial government. It requests the society come up with a new business plan by July 31 and states the organization will need to be responsible for operational and capital costs, funding staff and  insurance coverage.

“The department will no longer provide any financial or ‘in-kind’ support to the Scotia Pool facility or to the society,” said Colwell’s letter.

An assessment of the facility by the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department indicates upgrade costs could run between $650,000 and $1.3 million.

“They have a tough road in front of them,” said village chairman Tom Burke.

 “It doesn’t look possible to me,” added commissioner Sharon McLean.

Glenda Bower, the society’s chairwoman, said the update is a challenge but not discouraging.

“We are very determined and not defeated. I think the community will rally behind us,” said Bower.

Regarding the $650,000 to $1.3-million upgrade assessment costs, Bower said the high-end figure would be to “bring it up to a new building” standard.

“We already have a roof and windows done … so it doesn’t need everything,” she said of the 40-year-old facility.

“We will not bring in enough money at the door and will need municipal funding and hopefully with that funding, and corporate funding, we can do it.”

Bower said attendance for many of the pool’s programs has increased and people are coming from in and out of the county.

In addition, she said, the society is “being proactive” and seeking sponsors for signage in the facility as well as finding other ways in bring in even more swimmers.

“We are going after a 10-year lease … with that we can apply for capital infrastructure grants from the provincial and federal governments,” added Bower.

Colwell’s letter said the government would make a decision whether it will enter into a lease with the society by Aug. 30.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

Organizations: Bible Hill village commission, Infrastructure Renewal Department

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  • Yvonne Rushton Fox
    March 05, 2014 - 11:26

    I'm just heading into Port Hawkesbury for my pool exercise class which is 5 days a week for an hour each day so it's made up primarily of retired people. People are travelling from as far away as a 45 minute drive in all directions from the Strait and on any given day there are 15 to 22 people in the pool. Two days a week, there is another class designated for people with joint problems. Mind you, we have a hydraulic seat so a few are able to be lowered into the pool as well. We're fortunate to have a very keen, knowledgeable instructor who puts us through our paces. There are classes in the evening for working people. It's an investment communities need for an activity that's less stressful on 72 year old joints like mine. Good luck!

  • chief wiggam
    February 15, 2014 - 07:41

    what a foolish thing to put in the new rink. could have had another ice surface rather than the "not official size" pool. now this place will go under.

  • enough already
    February 14, 2014 - 18:55

    Enough financial handouts already. The pool has clearly shown it cannot stand on its own. It's the same thing year after year after year. People complain when the government keeps bailing out other places (Northern Pulp, Bowater, etc). This is no different. Throw in the towel.