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.

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.

Fundraising Event at the Midtown Grill

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.

Help Support the Project by Purchasing a Shirt

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!


Still Seeking Grant Funding

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.  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!

Sammy the Swimmer!

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.

As you can see in one of Sammy's photos, he has been getting around Delhi.  Check out Facebook and guess the locations!!

March Events

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.

Architectural Drawings Submitted to the NYS Department of Health

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!

Karen Graves Art Purchase Supports Pool Fund

The Pool Committee is delighted to hear that Karen Graves, a talented local artist and owner of Stonewall Watercolors, will be displaying her artwork at the Delaware National Bank in Delhi for the coming six weeks.  She will be making a donation to the pool project for each of her original, signed limited edition prints sold. Don't miss the opportunity to see her work and have the chance to enjoy her art in your homes.   May Karen's generous offer be a perfect reminder that any contribution made to our community swimming pool is very much needed and appreciated.

Moving Right Along!

Although it appears the Pool Committee is not actively moving forward, its members have remained diligent and steadfast behind the scenes to secure accurate and bid ready specifications for the pool, pool house, fencing and landscaping. Contributions came in all last Fall and continue through this Winter.  It has been a long process with many detours in requirements we must meet, but we are still moving forward.  Our funds have climbed to $620,000, which is HUGE.  Yes, if you have heard the pool house is going in this Spring, you are right!!  It is going to happen!!!  

For all you pool veterans, if you have photos of your days in and around the old Sheldon Drive pool, share them with us on our Facebook page.  Also, don't hesitate to share your ideas on Fundraisers etc. as this project gathers its strength through the support and ideas of all those who are interested in the success of this project. It's called TEAM!

Bill Oles Steps Down As Chairman of the Committee

It was with deep regrets that the Pool Committee accepted the resignation of Bill Oles as Chairman of the Committee.  He has actively provided leadership, his background in building pools and given countless hours and days to this community swimming pool project since the Fall of 2003.  Luckily, he continues to attend the monthly meetings and contributes his vast knowledge on pool construction and what is required for successful operation and maintenance.

The Committee appointed Scott Oles as the new Chairman.

Sammy the Swimmer

Elisa Plance Unveils Watercolor Rendition of Pool!

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