Bid Specs Prepared/Driveway Established

This Spring the Village of Delhi Planning Board approved the West Branch Recreation and Aquatic Center pool site plans. This was soon after the NYS Health Department approved and stamped the pool plans authorizing the committee to move forward in the project. Passing the detailed inspection by the DOH is a major hurdle. And, they will continue to monitor the project and inspect the facility on a regular basis for as long as the swimming pool is in operation. The Planning Board completed and approved the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) which indicated a negative declaration/impact to the environment. This step gives the committee the authorization to break ground. Immediately afterwards, the pool plans and necessary paperwork were sent to the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Agency for their final review phase of approval. Their official approval is a requirement for the committee to be assured of the $200,000 grant awarded 4 years ago.

With  help from the Architectural Engineer, Ben Hanbicki, who incorporated the committee’s wish list into a design 8 years ago  and additional help from members of the committee, the bid specs are near completion. The Pool Committee, under the wing of the Town of Delhi, expects to bid out, if all goes well, before the summer is over.

Through dialogue and negotiation, several entities within the community agreed where the safest route to the swimming pool should be. The Pool Committee is elated and appreciative to all who made this driveway entry to the pool possible. It will assure safe and direct access to the pool for all who want to enjoy the many recreational and social opportunities the swimming pool offers.

So are we there yet?  The Pool Committee believes we are pretty close!!

Senator Bonacic Announces a $100,000 Grant

The Town of Delhi Pool Committee was notified on February 26th by Senator Bonacic of a $100,000 grant for the community swimming pool project. Bonacic has been a long time supporter of this project. He first recognized the recreational need for this area back in 2005 with a grant to develop the engineering plans for the pool. Bill Oles, President at that time of the West Branch Recreation and Aquatic Center Committee (the formal name of this project) knew the importance of asking our elected officials for financial support as well as, giving a public voice to the need to have safe recreational opportunities for our rural communities. This is an exciting catalyst which will undoubtedly guarantee that groundbreaking will occur this year. Thank you, Mr. Bonacic!!

DOH Approves the Engineering Plans

The Town of Delhi - Pool Committee was notified by the NYS Department of Health that the submitted engineering plans for the Pool Project were approved on February 20th. This represents one of, if not the greatest, step the committee had to satisfy in order to proceed with the project. The Pool Engineer, Ben Hanbicki, out of Pennsylvania has been affiliated with the Pool Project since 2006 and will continue with the project until its completion. The committee's pool design originated from the members experience with pools, the various movement and use of the pool by swimmers and the necessity for safety and efficiency. The committee has been told that their community swimmiing pool design has been adapted by other communities. The Department of Health's stamp of approval can assure the community that the pool project has met the highest standards. They will continue to follow the project and be visible on an annual basis.

The Thomson Charitable Trust Recognizes the Pool Project

The Pool Committee was pleasantly surprised to learn of their receipt of $12,392 from the Thomson Charitable Trust. The Trust was established in 1965 with the mission of recognizing and supporting projects within 25 miles of Hobart which demonstrate a viable, well organized proposal that enhances the lives of their
communities. The Committee has their Treasurer, Bryan Boyer, to thank for the foresight to personally make contact with the Trust. The grant award represents a significant vote of confidence through a monetary contribution. The Pool Committee, more formally known as The West Branch Recreation and Aquatic
Center Committee, is truly gratified to be chosen as a recipient.

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