TOWN OF RUTLAND
SPECIAL SELECT BOARD MEETING
September 16, 2010
The meeting opened at 7:05 P.M.
Board members present: James Hall, Steve Hawley and Stanley Rhodes III.
This meeting was held specifically to discuss needed repairs to the Town pool at Northwood Park. This will be a ballot item on a separate paper ballot for the November 2nd election.
Mr. Rhodes read a report from Aquatica Pools that described the type of construction and gave suggestions for maintenance of the pool. It also explained the items that need to be repaired or replaced. It also mentioned ways to determine the reason for water loss.
The worst case scenario is a cost of $125,000-$135,000. Mr. Rhodes mentioned that the cost of a new pool would be in the vicinity of $800,000 and if the Town waits any longer, it will cost more to repair. Some work was done in 1995. The pool is 32 years old.
Mr. Rowe said he feels it is reasonable to do the work now vs. paying more later or closing the facility for safety purposes. He added that not only the residents use the pool, but also people from other towns . The National Guard has picnics there as well has high school organizations.
There is currently about $48,000 in the Recreation Depreciation Fund. Voters turned down adding to this fund at the last election in March.
Mr. Zingale and Mr. Rhodes took pictures of some of the parts of the pool that are in need of repair such as cracks in the walls that allow the backfill to be washed away. There are numerous cracks below the steel gutter.
Mr. Rhodes said that he had talked to Ms. Hyjek, the Town Treasurer, about borrowing money and it would cost $1,600 in interest to do this.
If some of the one percent options tax is used for this purpose, it would save the interest. The proposal is to ask the taxpayers to approve that $125,000 of the options tax be used to fix the pool with the balance coming from the depreciation fund. Mr. Hall made a motion to this affect and Mr. Hawley seconded the motion. All were in approval.
A hearing will be held for the purpose of explaining and discussing the subject with the public on October 28th at the Town Hall. This hearing will be warned on September 29th.
Mr. Hawley motioned to end the meeting. Mr. Hall seconded the motion. All were in approval. The meeting ended at 7:40 P.M.
Stanley Rhodes III, Chairman Date
James Hall Date
Steve Hawley Date