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.
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.
How do you adequately thank the many businesses within our area for their support in making our community swimming pool a reality? The Midtown Grill Restaurant owned by Master Chef Giorgio and Aurora Bagatta located at 97 Main Street in Delhi has offered to put on a Pasta Poolooza event on Sunday, May 19th from 1pm – 6pm. The buffet style spread of delicious food will please anyone’s palate. And, all proceeds go directly to the pool project. Not only are they providing the foods and location, but they are arranging the advertising, door prizes and music.
Additionally,Randy and Kim Shepard, publishers of Decker Advertising donated advertising in the County Shopper, Townsquare Media Broadcasting’s Market Manager George Wells donated radio broadcasting of the event , Karen Clifford, owner of Serendipity Expressions donated shirts as door prizes and the Critter Sitter owned by Nancy Walsh donated gift certificates for pet care. The Pool Committee and our entire community are truly humbled by their generous offers of their time and services.
Expect more to follow.
The Pool Committee has created a light blue t-shirt (water!) just perfect for everyday wear and to show support for the swimming pool project. It is a quality cotton shirt which comes in all sizes, complete with our mascot, Sammy the Swimmer. A pretty good deal for $10. You can order by calling Kathy Davino at 607-746-7396. Check it out, as well, on Facebook.
Also, the Pool Committee will have a booth at the Firefest scheduled for Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th at the Maple Shade Farm on Back River Road. We will be answering your questions about the swimming pool, having some displays and selling the t-shirts. There may even be free snacks to share with you. The Firefest is a big event with many activities for the whole family. Come join the fun. Be sure to look for us!