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Hot bricks, lack of snack bar irk poolgoers


By DON HEPPNER


As the town’s pool house nears completion, there is some grumbling about nearby pool area. Residents are irked by the lack of a snack bar to date, hot pavers and bright sunlight.

The delay in the opening the snack bar is a result of a broken fire system, according to Billy Fortin, owner of Scotts Corners Market and concessionaire. “I can’t open until the building inspector approves the fire suppression system,” he said.

Mr. Fortin said that he is going to offer basic meals, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, but once he is fully set up, he will have the ability to put together wraps and other healthy foods.

Mr. Fortin said he hopes he can open this weekend since he has missed busy and profitable weekends —Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Fathers’ Day — three holidays that have been historically profitable for the snack bar.

‘People should remember what that pool house looked like last November and then take a look at what it has become.’

— Councilman Dick Lyman

Along with disappointment that the snack bar is not open, residents complain that the new rubber bricks in front of the pool house get very hot, making it impossible to walk on with bare feet.

“I did not expect hot bricks to be an issue,” said town councilman Dick Lyman. “I have talked to the distributor about that, but I don’t know what can be done about it.”

He said that lifeguards are hosing down the bricks in an effort to cool them.

“There are some punch list items that we have to get done before the pool house project is complete,” said Mr. Lyman about the project which began earlier this year. “We’ll finish up over the course of the summer. We have some pipes to box in, and there is still some painting that has to be done.”

He said that some residents have complained that there is no shade in the pool area to provide relief from the sun, since a large shade-providing tree was taken down in early spring. “It was ready to fall down anyway,” said Mr. Lyman.

The town board authorized additional money to build a structure that would provide shade. “We allotted $35,000 for a kind of overhang that would provide shade,” he said.

Recreation commission chairman John Ritzcovan said that residents are disappointed that the project is not finished. He said that its completion was part of a second phase of pool improvements. 

Mr. Ritzcovan said that he has heard from several residents that there is a need for water fountains and paper cups. Since there is no snack bar, poolgoers are bringing their own food and leaving it by their towels, bringing birds and animal scavengers to the park.

Mr. Ritzcovan said that the town will be hosting its first swim meet on Tuesday, July 17. He said that many residents have said that the pool area is an embarrassment and should be cleaned up.

Mr. Lyman said that many complaints have nothing to do with the pool house, but are issues that should be addressed by the recreation department.

“People should remember what that pool house looked like last November and then take a look at what it has become,” he said. “People don’t understand how difficult it is for a municipality to do a project like the renovated pool house. We can’t hire a general contractor who would do all the things normal done in a project of this kind.”

According to Mr. Fortin, membership in the pool is dropping. “I would guess that the membership has dropped about 50 percent from what it was eight years ago,” he said.

Mr. Ritzcovan agreed that the membership has dropped, but said that he did not think the drop was as drastic as 50 percent. “We are down in membership,” he said. “There is no question about that.”

He attributed some of the attrition to the unkempt pool house that existed in prior years and he said that he hoped the new pool house would bring back some of the residents that left.


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