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Trumbull's Hillcrest Pool Could Get State Grant

The pool is expected to re-open Oct. 9. Renovations could be complete by the end of October.

Trumbull's Hillcrest School pool could be opened by Oct. 9, and more repairs made to the facilities if a state grant is approved today.

The 44-year-old pool has been mostly closed for the last six months but with the renovations it is expected to last another 20 years, said Trumbull Owner's Representative Al Barbarotta.

The Town Council also approved $33,600 for the pool. In the end, renovations could cost $1.2 million if fully funded.

For now, the pool is getting a new ventilation system and ceiling and a paint job, in addition to new equipment.

But some items still need replacing or repairing, such as locker rooms, showers and windows.

If it opens Oct. 9, a temporary ventilation system will be in place. The pool needs to be "clean, safe and usable" to pass inspection.

The opening apparently could not come at a better time.

"Pisces is dying without that pool and seniors are dying without that pool," said a member of the Board of Education, as Barbarotta updated the school board on construction progress Tuesday night.

A member of the Trumbull High School girls swim team told the school board the swim team has been inconvenienced without the pool, practicing at the University of Bridgeport instead. Lately the team has been swimming there from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All the team's meets are scheduled away because of pool repairs, she added.

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Additional State Bonding

Nearly $125,000 in state funding could cover disabled access equipment and other items, including replacing the diving boards, starting blocks and life guard chair and clean and re-grout the entire pool, said State Sen. Anthony Musto.

"This new bonding is in addition to $375,000 in state funds which have previously been allocated to the pool, bringing the state’s total contribution to the project to nearly half a million dollars," Musto said. 

“The Hillcrest pool is about 45 years old, and it is heavily relied on not only by students but by community groups and parents and toddlers seeking recreation and swim lessons and water safety instruction,” Musto added. “This is exactly the type of public, capital improvement investment that the state should be making for its citizens, and I am proud to have advocated on behalf of the people of Trumbull for this funding.”

For a link to the current State Bond Commission agenda, please visit:

http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/OCT_3_2012_AGENDA.pdf

Chris Wendt October 03, 2012 at 08:12 PM
While this sounds like good news, it also sounds like a pig-in-a-poke. What if the grant is not approved? Maybe the story should have been held a few hours to find out. More importantly, the Town Council only approved a measely $33,600 for a microscopic slice of the overall funding required ($1.2 Million) to do this job right. But in the end, however much money gets sunk into this partial renovation effort now and in the future, you still have a 44-year old pool which has a history of being a money pit. That sounds as unimaginative as it does short-sighted.
Anthony Musto October 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Louis, please let me know what what recommendations you are referring to. I don't recall speaking to you about this issue, but I am happy to be corrected. Anthony Musto
Chris Wendt October 05, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Was the state grant approved, or not? What are the ramifications?
Margaret Walsh October 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I agree with Mr. Wendt wholeheartedly. When is the pool opening?
Aaron Leo October 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Chris, the grant was approved. Also, the pool could open by Oct. 15. I'll be checking back periodically and I will update the article.

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