Bethlehem Press

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Summer swimming schemes sunk

Monday, July 8, 2019 by Tim Healy Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Dissatisfied residents brought their concerns regarding the municipal pool closure to supervisors June 25

Township Manager John Finnigan explained that when workers attempted to fill the pool before summer’s start, they found something peculiar. “There are at least three broken pipes underneath the pool. As soon as we had put water in, we lost 180,000 gallons. My guess is there aren’t only voids under the pool, but beside the pool underneath the deck.

“Usually, when there’s water that penetrates the ground, there’s going to be a sinkhole. We’ve been getting prices from a company that does sonar,” said Finnigan, who estimated total repairs to cost $25,614.

There is also the possibility that more damage will be discovered in the evaluation, leading to further expenses.

“I suggested to the board that we try to get grants like other municipalities have to fund it,” Finnigan continued, “but there’s no way it can open next year until we know what’s under that pool.”

Several township members attended the meeting, wondering when their families could swim again.

“If we had a timeline we would tell you,” said Chairman John Diacogiannis. “We’re not going forward until we have everything we need to make an informed decision.”

The next Hanover Township Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for July 22 at 3630 Jacksonville Road. For future meeting dates, agendas and additional information, visit https://hanovertwp-nc.org/administration/.