Facility realizes revenues of more than $128,000 as of late August
TRURO - Increased revenue and a pending new lease agreement with the provincial government is making it possible for Scotia Pool to remain open beyond its scheduled Sept. 30 closing date.
Scotia Pool in Bible Hill has been given an extension to remain open past its scheduled Sept. 30 closing date. FILE
And based on that new information, Colchester County has instructed staff to assess the release of $50,000 in funding that the municipality had earlier tentatively approved. Council is expected to vote next month on the funding extension.
"As far as we have been told, the lease is agreed," Scotia Pool Society spokeswoman Glenda Bower told council this week. Although the new lease has not been signed, Bower said it is in the hands of the lawyers and she has been assured they will not be shut out of the pool after Oct. 1
She told council that wage costs related to summer camps came in higher that expected, but the increase was offset by higher-than-projected revenues.
The pool had projected revenues of $120,000 but as of Aug. 22 it had realized revenues of $128,342, she said.
"You have doubled your revenue, that's impressive," Coun. Tom Taggart said.
"We're working hard," Bower responded.
Municipal funding for the pool was supposed to end after the new aquatic centre opened at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. But given the increased support, Scotia Pool has received and the fact the new centre has not been adversely affected, Coun. Christine Blair said it "is obviously needed."
"I think they need to be applauded and I think they need to be congratulated because they have worked very, very hard to make this facility work," she said of Scotia Pool proponents.