The Pool Committee has been diligently searching for grant sources. Jen Green suggested the Constitution Pipeline Community Grant Program. The Community Foundation for Central New York at www. donorswhocare.org is a potential fund source. And the committee will try again to appeal to the O’Connor Foundation for matching financial support. Lori Paulson of Delaware County Economic Development and a member of The Pool Committee, has pursued all of these options for grant funding. These three organizations may give our community the remaining funds to get the pool in and operating. Very encouraging!
This is Sammy, our pool project mascot. He was introduced to the Pool Committee as a possible representative (mascot) by Scott Oles. He was unanimously approved to join our committee and will undoubtedlyhelp us make the biggest splash in all of Delaware County when the pool is filled and open!! It is expected that Sammy will remain a light hearted, catchy symbol of this pool project and take a visible spot at the swimming pool once it is complete.
March 5th--There will be an Open Public Forum on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 to inform the communities about The West Branch Recreation and Aquatic Center Committee's progress (informally known as the Swimming Pool Project) and to field any questions the public may have. This will be at the Delhi Town Hall at 5 Elm Street, Delhi. Time to be determined soon.
March 6th--The next meeting of the Pool Committee will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:30pm at the Delhi Town Hall.
March 23rd--Look for the Pool Committee's presence at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 23, 2013. This parade has grown both in size and public interest. After a long, cold winter, this event brings the community together, energizing both the participants and spectators alike.
To help the Pool Project get closer to its goal, Jonas Shaw, owner of The Quarter Moon Cafe at 53 Main Street in Delhi, will generate donations for the pool through his sales of Ommegang beer that same day.
The architectural drawings of the swimming pool, pool house and site were recently submitted to the NYS Department of Health for review and approval. The Pool Committee expects to hear back from them in a few weeks. The architectural engineering firm of Integrated Aquatics Engineering, Inc. out of Pennsylvania, known in the Northeast for their expertise in designing a wide variety of aquatic facilities, has been a part of this project since 2006. Presentation to the Planning Boards and the SEQR process are but a few of the steps still necessary. The committee is still moving forward with plans to start the pool house as soon as the specifications are available and the bid process is complete.
At the meeting on February 13, 2013, the Pool Committee decided to again submit a grant application to the O'Connor Foundation. They will also seek a grant through Donors Who Care in hopes of securing some additional funds. With the Town and Village of Delhi and all the surrounding communities coming together to see this project to its completion, the grant potential becomes stronger and stronger!