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Hancock pool could reopen after repairs this month

June 12, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Town Manager David Smith pursued many avenues in his efforts to get donations so Hancock's municipal swimming pool could be reopened as quickly as possible.

"I even wrote a letter to Stanley Fulton, a former resident," Smith said. He explained in the letter to the 77-year-old philanthropist that it likely would cost more than $100,000 to repair the broken fiberglass lining and the concrete beneath it.

That letter resulted in a pledge of $120,000.

"I never expected such a response," Smith said of the contribution from the retired chairman of Anchor Gaming. "We had a very nice conversation and he told me that Hancock had been good to him."

So add that pledge to the already donated sum of $10,000 from AC&T and the Adna Fulton family, and work on the pool was scheduled to begin this week.

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"We hope to be open by the end of June," Smith said.

Smith said he learned last month that the town's insurance will not pay for the repairs because it does not cover faulty materials or improper installation.

Inspectors said the pool's broken fiberglass lining needs to be removed and the concrete underneath needs to be treated to remove "years and years of buildup" that should have been removed before the fiberglass was applied, Smith said in May.

Once the pool is ready for crews to begin working on it, the work will take only two to three days, making a June opening a possibility, Smith said.

Several groups, including the Washington County Recreation Department, a local preschool and a church Bible school program normally use the pool, Town Mayor Daniel Murphy said in May.

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