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Hamburg senior center to get new pool

Hamburg’s Senior Center will be getting a new pool.

The Town Board has approved borrowing $1.4 million to build a new therapeutic pool at the Senior and Community Center at 4540 Southwestern Blvd.

There is a pool at the old center at 4150 Sowles Road, and Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. questioned the need for an additional pool, particularly in light of money the town will have to spend to repair Hampton Brook Drive. A section of the road was washed out during a rainstorm July 9.

Work on the 18-foot long section of Hampton Brook is to be finished Tuesday and it could cost $30,000 to $50,000, Highway Superintendent Tom Best said.

Best said he called in an outside contractor to help repair the road.

A 5-foot diameter pipe will replace three 12-inch pipes that had been laid under the road. Stone will be placed on top of the pipe, and the road is to be paved Tuesday.

Still to be determined is what fund the money for the emergency repair will come from, the paving fund or the bridge fund. Best wants it to come out of the bridge fund, since it is a culvert, leaving more money to pave more roads this summer. The Town Board suggested he use money from the paving fund.

When the problem with the road came up, board members reviewed the bond projects to see if they could eliminate any of them.

“I don’t know if we need a pool right now,” Quinn said when the board was discussing the pool and seven other projects last week.

Supervisor Steven J. Walters said the board knew the bonds were being considered and no one contacted the finance office with questions.

“I don’t know if I’m ready for that. That’s a lot of money for a pool,” Quinn said.

Walters said the town must build the shell of the building to hold the pool, which is a therapeutic pool, “so there’s additional equipment.”

“Senior swimming sounds great to me, but there’s already a pool that they’re using,” Quinn said. “We took a lot of money in bonds today. I just didn’t feel comfortable doing it at this time.”

The senior pool at Sowles was built about 14 years ago for about $250,000, which was funded by a federal grant.

The $1.4 million bonding for the pool was part of $3.52 million in bonding approved by the board.

Other projects include:

• $785,605 for the library expansion.

• $514,395 for the senior community center renovations.

• $500,000 to maintain, repair and remodel various town buildings, including a new roof for the building at Hamburg Town Park and the Hamburg Little League field house.

• $200,000 for highway equipment.

• $125,000 for a new telephone system for the town.