Running a pool is costly business

Monique Chiasson
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BIBLE HILL - The treasurer of Scotia Pool says community support is vital to keeping the facility running.
At the 10-year reopening anniversary celebration Saturday, treasurer Al Hanlon told the Truro Daily News the facility has been in debt for at least the last three or four consecutive years.
He estimated the facility costs about $300,000 to operate yearly and the County of Colchester has provided $100,000 annually for a couple of years.
"Last year we were in debt about $43,000. We have been since our bingos stopped because attendance was down. That helped pay (our bills)," said Hanlon.
"We are continuing to look for business sponsors, doing fundraisers and applying
for federal, provincial and local grants," said Hanlon.
He said the biggest expenses are staffing and oil. The oil bill last year is estimated to have cost $85,000, said Hanlon.
The facility employs almost 20 people and has two volunteers.
The pool - which is heated to 85 degrees and is 25 yards in length and between four to nine feet deep - is open seven days a week and typically sees between 250 and 300 people a week.
Programs offered include Red Cross swimming lessons, open and family swims, water art, aqua therapy, ab classes and water polo.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Truro Daily News, Red Cross

Geographic location: Colchester

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