Pool Project Goes Out To Bid


Dreams do come true!

On October 14th, the pool project went out to bid. This brings our community’s
dream of having a pool one step closer to being a reality! The greater Delhi area can
once again ride, walk or pedal to join friends and families at a new swimming pool. That
means a long summer season of great exercise and more opportunities to socialize and
have fun.

In August, the Department of Health approved the engineering documents for the
project. This is a required step before the swimming pool project can move forward.
They examined the pool structure, its design and gradient, the inclusion of required
safety features and the bathroom facilities. They examined the pool house pump room
design and the electrical and plumbing specifications. After their stringent review, they
gave the project the go ahead.

As with all phases of this project, the next step was to submit these documents to
the NYS Department of Parks and Historic Preservation for their continued review. This
is necessary to assure access to the $200,000 grant awarded back in 2009. Their
approval came on September 20th. Then the bid package was prepared and submitted
to them. With little delay, they granted their approval to go out to bid.
The bid notice can be found in the October 16th publication of the Walton Reporter,
as well as, on the Town of Delhi website
(http://townofdelhiny.com/content/pool-and-pool-house-specifications-lega...).
Bids are due at the Delhi Town Hall by 3pm on November 14, 2017. Within the Town of
Delhi website are the pool and pool house designs for those who are just interested in
what this facility will look like.

This past summer was particularly frustrating for people. Many people voiced their
disappointment and anger that this community had to wait 13 years for a swimming
pool, that all those promises, fundraisers and donations had gone to waste. It was a
hopeless, lost cause. Some were convinced it was completely dead in the water and
everyone needed to face that! After 13 years, why pretend any longer. In that length of
time, entire families had grown up. But, in the midst of all of this, the Pool Committee
has been tirelessly moving through obstacles to make the dream of once again having
a swimming pool in Delhi.

To have finally come to the bid process is cause for celebration. After too many
bumps in the road, too many setbacks, the Pool Committee can definitively say that
once we get a builder in November, the swimming pool is going in.
Expect more frequent updates as things move forward. The Pool Committee
remains committed to breaking ground within the year.