Walton Business Lends their Support

Benson Krom-Braen, owner and manager of West Branch Collision and Classics at 60 Delaware Street in Walton, felt it was time to offer some assistance to the West Branch Recreation and Aquatic Center Swimming Pool Project which will soon be built on Town of Delhi land adjacent to the Legion field. Krom-Braen is no stranger to contributing to area organizations and communities. Unbeknownst to the Pool Committee, he organized a fundraiser to help bring the Pool Project closer to its goal. When the Pool Committee contacted him to express their gratitude, he stated that giving back to not only Walton but many surrounding communities is just a natural and important part of who they are. He indicated that through his long time friendship with Jason Thomson, Delaware Academy School District Superintendent in Delhi, he became aware of Delhi’s quest to rebuild a swimming pool after the closure of their old pool in 2003. With assistance from his Office Manager, Leslie Scholl, a resident of Delhi, they generously presented a check to the Pool Committee Treasurer, Bryan Boyer. Most definitely an uplifting and inspiring contribution which helps us not only get the swimming pool build, but also to bridge our communities. Many thanks, Mr. Krom-Braen.

Appeal for Funding Reaches Beyond Our Borders

Our community swimming pool project has been in the works since the Fall of 2003. That’s a long time and might suggest lack of interest and support. But that is not the case. This project seems to be gaining momentum both in expressed interest and financial support. More and more people are believing this pool will become a reality. Individuals, families and businesses have been actively contributing. The Pool Committee has stayed focused and very much committed to getting a swimming pool built for everyone to enjoy. Through many challenges and much patience, it appears slow and steady wins the race!

One of our contributors sends out appeals for additional support by doing a mass mailing to his Class of 1968 classmates. Where is he doing all of this from? Germany! Growing up in Delhi in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Mark remembers the daily fun activities at the swimming pool on Sheldon Drive. Whether in the pool playing and creating water games or on the banks outside the pool gates socializing with friends, he never forgot the good memories of those summers at the pool. His fond experiences of summers in Delhi have been relayed to the committee by many other contributors near and far. Mark decided he could do something for our community project despite his distance from his childhood hometown. How grateful our communities are for all the support generated by memories and visions of summer fun around the swimming pool. Hats off to you all!

NYS Health Department Review Near Completion

The swimming pool project was submitted to the NYS Department of Health by our project engineer. The Pool Committee anticipates that the plans are nearing DOH approval. It is a complex and detailed review that has taken a long time to complete, but we have gotten some positive indications that we are rounding the bend, so to speak! DOH approval is one of, if not the biggest, hurdle the Pool Project faces.

O’Connor Foundation Approves a Grant for the Pool Project

The Pool Committee, operating under the wing of the Town, has been notified that the A. Lindsay and Olive B.  O’Connor Foundation has approved a grant of $213,000 to the Town of Delhi toward the construction of the swimming pool. The grant funds must be utilized within three years and are contingent upon submission of an acceptable proposal outlining heat and insulation with a multi fuel/gas heat system.  The Pool Project as designed in 2006 was to be equipped with the capacity for the water to be heated in order to extend the swimming season and keep the facility open longer as a family and social gathering spot for our communities.  The committee had decided to explore heating sources and do fundraising for the most viable source after the pool was constructed and operational.  While the committee had looked into solar energy, the O’Connor Foundation grant opens up new possibilities to meet the heat energy needs.

The Town of Delhi and the Pool Committee are very grateful for so generous a grant and for the validation and support it represents from the O’Connor Foundation.  Going into its 10th year of fundraising, grant pursuits and navigating through and around various bumps in the course, the Pool Committee has remained strong and committed to seeing this swimming pool become a reality.  The O’Connor Foundation has offered our communities the opportunity to meet the goal. Such good news at just the right time!!!  Thank you goes out to Donald Bishop, Executive Director, and the Board of Directors of the O’Connor Foundation. The Town of Delhi and its Pool Committee appreciate their confidence in this recreational endeavor.

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