Scotia Pool Society continues to seek finances from municipal governments

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BIBLE HILL – The Scotia Pool Society is not finished asking municipal politicians for help to keep the Bible Hill pool afloat.

During a Village of Bible Hill committee meeting this week, Brendon Smithson, director of the village’s parks and recreation department and a non-voting member with the pool society, told village officials the society will soon approach the Town of Truro for funding.

“We’ve had some communication with town council (in the past) but were not successful,” said Smithson. “We plan to (talk to council) again.”

The society is compiling statistics about where the pool’s users come from, and how many of them are Truro residents.

“There are quite a few from town,” said Smithson, without providing specifics.

In addition, the pool society is working on documents it hopes will help lead to a grant for the facility. They have a deadline of March 3 to submit it to Colchester County council for consideration.

“We need secured funding from the government to continue,” a long-term solution, Smithson said.

A recent letter from the Department of Agriculture, which oversees the operational expenses, states the pool can remain operational at least until summer. After that, it will depend on a new business plan by the pool society by July 31, which reflects the organization would be responsible for operational and capital costs, funding staff and insurance coverage. An assessment of the facility by the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department indicates upgrade costs could run between $650,000 and $1.3 million.

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Organizations: Pool Society, Bible Hill committee, Colchester County council Department of Agriculture Infrastructure Renewal Department

Geographic location: Truro

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