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Town Meeting on $400,000 in Pool Improvements Set for Dec. 12

Money would fund new decking, some shell repairs, improved and safer mechanical systems.

Selectmen have set Dec. 12 as a date for a town meeting for a proposal to spend $400,000 for upgrades at Mills Pond Pool.

The funds would come from the town's undesignated fund balance — or its "reserves" and would not directly impact taxes. The funds have been approved by the boards of Selectmen and Finance but need the go-ahead from residents at town meeting. Voting will take place by a show of hands that evening.

As estimated, the money would fund the following:

  • $129,470 for replacement of the concrete deck and drainage improvements.
  • $39,959 for repairs to the pool and pool shell, including realignment of the gutter systems, repairs to the concrete shell, removal of underwater lights and repair of a broken pipe.
  • $223,042 to modernize mechanical and pool filtration systems and move them above ground.

The repairs come to an estimated $387,471 and combined with the $15,000 already in the pool capital improvement fund, would provide some for design and contingency.

Selectmen Wednesday also briefly discussed the concept of a covering over the pool, which is not part of the Dec. 12 meeting. The idea, still in its early stages, is to provide a architectural covering for the pool and convert it into a year-round, revenue neutral facility, an idea recently presented to the Economic Development Agency by Parks and Recreation Director Brian Wilson.

Selectman Lowell Humphrey raised concerns about public confusion that there is a "plan" in place for such a structure. First selectman Richard Barlow agreed and said it is something the Parks and Recreation Commission will explore further, not one that's ready to go forward.

Barlow also said further work on the pool shell would need to be done before any structure could be added.

Selectman Tom Sevigny added that the town should go ahead with the $400,000 no matter what it does in the future.

"I think no matter what route we go, this $400,000 needs to be done,” Sevigny said.

The town meeting will take place at 7 p.m. the night of Dec. 12.

Canton Taxpayer November 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Do we actually get to vote on this or is it more a 'show of hands' at the meeting?
Fred November 15, 2012 at 06:00 PM
We are surely spending a lot of money on sports gear. I sure wish I had pavement on my street to get to these places. I also hope that someone can afford to live in Canton after these tax increases start taking affect. I know my salary is not climbing with the rate that the government is spending and taxing. Just the other day I imagined a government that actually returned unspent money that isn't allocated... Oh I forgot, the normal is to spend it and tax the people some more...
Canton Taxpayer November 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Exactly Fred....I just saw what the tax impact is on the town website for the track/field, roofs, roads and garage....jaw-dropping to say the least....I did NOT get enough of a raise to keep up with town tax increases, never mind all the other cost increases (gas, food, heat)....
John Fitts (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Town officials said it will be a show-of-hands vote at Town Meeting.
George Blasko November 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I could not agree more. I now live on a fixed income, property taxes, water bill, sewer tax and Canton does not even provide trash removal much less leaf removal in the fall. Lived in this town for over 45 years and payed over $330,000 in current dollars. Compound that and i guess I am paying for half the $ 3,500,000 for the new field and pool. I deserve a kick back!
Andrew Ziemba November 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Actually, it is spend, tax, print, spend, tax, print. It is always in the name of "helping the children" or "educating the children" or "helping the poor and helpless" and it always ends up being done for special interests. The thought that anyone can take what is not theirs through force is theft. When it is given through taxation by the owner under duress, then that is violent taxation. It is only OK if Government does it, not you or I.
N. Jon I. Twist November 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I hope all of you VOTED last Tuesday! Or don't bitch
Andrew Ziemba November 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The young, retirees, and those on fixed incomes will suffer worse soon than in any time in the history of this country, and all the town can think of as a majority, is how can we expand more extravagantly on the criminal organization that is public education, and how can we mask it as money being invested into the town. The track is a liability, not an investment. Taxes will rise, and anyone who is not part of the club loses.
Fred November 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Of course I voted. Sad to see my choice for the roads wasn't there however. It would have been nice to see the total of the work that needs to be done around town so we could have had the choice.

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