Letter: Support plan to fix town pool
To the editor:
I have been running the New Ipswich Town Pool for the past five years. Each year brings new challenges, many of which are based on the pool itself and its’ machinery. For the past five years we have made “band-aid fixes”; we immediately solve the problem at hand in order to keep the pool open. However, the bigger issue we are facing is that there are larger problems which are not able to be fixed by a band aid and will force the pool to be shut down.
Article 9 is asking for $75,000 for renovations to the pool. $40,000 will be coming out of the pool capital reserve fund and not have an affect on resident taxes; we are asking for permission to use this money. The remaining 35,000 would have a very small affect on tax payers (less than 4 cents per $1,000 assessed). For example, on a $250,000 assessment, Article 9 would cost less than $7.50.
Some of the renovations include resurfacing the pool; it’s rough and jagged and cuts people’s feet. The brick coping around the pool would be replaced; there is more than a 2-inch difference between the cement and the coping which causes a tripping hazard. The pool pump, anti-entrapment drain/cover would be replaced; this would help to keep the water quality better and bring the pool up to state safety regulations. There are numerous other smaller items which would addressed as well.
The pool has been a staple of the community for over 30 years. The pool provides a safe, fun environment for the residents of New Ipswich. We offer many services, from swimming lessons to swim team to adult lap swim. Please vote yes on Article 9 to ensure the pool is able to open.