, Salem, MA


May 23, 2014

Letter: Pool by next summer? Not likely

To the editor:

Last Monday night, May 19, at the joint Hamilton Board of Selectman and H-W Recreation Committee meeting, the rec committee stated that they hope to have the proposed new Patton Park pool open for the 2015 season!

As much as it would be nice to have that happen, this is dreaming the impossible dream. To accomplish this, they will have to have a July or August Special Town Meeting in both Hamilton and Wenham. This is not a realistic possibility, and even having this ready for a fall Town Meeting is extremely doubtful.

First of all, does the Rec Committee realize what happens in the summer in these two towns? Nothing gets done because no one is around. It’s vacation time! People are at the Cape, in Maine and in New Hampshire. Try to get a full committee together in the summer; can’t be done. Can you imagine trying to get a quorum for a Town Meeting in both towns in August? Please!

Second, do they really think they will get the Hamilton and Wenham boards of selectmen together to agree on a new pool plan by July or August? Not likely. And how about getting the two towns’ CPC committees together to agree on an amount to commit to? Don’t you think that the finance committees in both towns will have to be involved?

To the joint H-W Rec Committee: Please set a realistic timeline, so this time around it will not be a rush to judgment, again. Just plan to use one of the many neighboring pools in the area for the 2014 and 2015 season and then come back to Hamilton and Wenham voters at the 2015 annual town meetings, thereby giving yourselves time to sell your new plan to all the committees involved, as well as the voters who will be giving you the money to do it.

Warren Gray


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