Report Expected on Bubble Collapse

Insurance adjustors have not yet submitted their report to town officials, so work there remains at a standstill.

There's no word yet from the town's insurance adjusters regarding the collapsed Cheshire Community Pool bubble, and until its report is submitted, the town's hands are tied, according to Town Manager Michael Milone.

"We can't touch it until we get that report back," he said. "Until then it will sit as it is."

Despite best efforts to keep it up, the bubble collapsed during the recent blizzard that dropped more than three feet of snow in the area, similar to what happened two years ago when the region was the target of several snowstorms that led to a buildup of snow on the bubble.

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Milone said that the insurance coverage will pay to replace the bubble as it did in 2011. But some town residents say that it's time to build a permanent structure at the pool in order to avoid future occurrences.

The pool is heavily used, both by the public and the Cheshire High School swim team and the Cheshire YMCA. It's likely it won't reopen until late spring this year because of the collapse.

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dee smith February 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM
think it is time to call it quits on the fiasco.
dee smith February 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM
think it is time to call it quits on the whole fiasco. tired of paying for people's decisions who are no longer residents. This is from a fourth generation Cheshireite
Tim White February 25, 2013 at 02:25 PM
"The pool is heavily used... by the public" I think the term "heavily" needs to be quantified. What does it mean it mean in this context?
dee smith February 25, 2013 at 04:12 PM
not by me!!!! went there once and had a severe asthma attack and would up in the ER. The pool is a Joke!!!!!
Eric February 25, 2013 at 06:25 PM
consider that the town manager and town council cannot (or refuse to) provide a profit and loss statement for the pool. the town manager refuses to detail how many people pay to use the pool (resident vs. non-resident), rentals (bday parties), other (physical therapy sessions) nor what the employee overhead is. what we do know is that the town manager subsidizes the operation of the pool using $350K of taxpayer monies each year. the geniuses on the town council want to install an HVAC duct through the pool bubble cover. had that occurred before the most recent collapse the damage would've been costlier. the Cheshire pool has become an entitlement that few people want. lets end the entitlement before it ends the town.
Christopher Pagliaro February 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM
It's time for the vocal, and clearly disgruntled, minority wasn't the only voice being heard on this. Sign the petition...let's take care of the pool as it should be: http://ipt.io/fqre
Tim Slocum February 26, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Eric, The pool has a stand alone budget, which has is one of the reasons so many in the public are familiar with its direct cost. Its all in the towns operating budget on the towns web site. Other town facilities, the library and Senior Center, are included in the towns operating budget. Fees collected by their users wouldn't pay their light bill. While one can question some of the revenue assumptions for the pool, i.e. the school's use is counted as rental/user income, which is taxpayer funded in the education budget along with fees charged to users from the general public, the schools would have to pay for pool use to other towns along with transportation to and from those pool facilities. Costs associated with pool are operational costs, staff and energy costs. Cheshire has a 100 million dollar budget. The pool is a very small fraction of that total. I would never advocate waste with any portion of the operating budget but you greatly overstate the reality with your comment the "entitlement" could somehow end the town. The pool bubble is a problem which may never be squared with all members of the community. The TC will have to look at the whole picture. Maybe the bubble is history, maybe a permanent hardened facility is the answer. Summer only may have to be considered. We might not be the geniouses you hoped for we will work to get it right. It could be your profit or your loss but you should come to a TC meeting or call me. Tim Slocum TC Chairman 272-0652.


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