Dear residents,

Please see today's announcements:

4th of July

As a reminder, we are doing a recorded 4th of July event this year in lieu of our regular picnic at the Town Hall. The program will largely follow previous years', but we need your help!

We need volunteers for the following program items :

  • "Color Guard" Flag Ceremony: On Friday, June 26 at 9:00 a.m. we will ask for volunteers to carry the United States, Maryland, and Somerset flags, which will be recorded for our video. We are especially looking for any Girl Scouts members (last year we invited BSA members) who might be interested. A recording of the flag ceremony will play during the video.
  • Declaration of Independence Reading: Somerset resident Kathleen Toomey is helping once again organize this event. Somerset children will be assigned sections of the Declaration of Independence to read, and parents can record on their cell phone. We will splice together the footage to complete the reading. Please email if you would like to have your child participate, and Kathy can send you a section to read.
  • List of Graduates: (Read by Mayor Slavin.) If your child graduated this year, whether from Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, or other, please send us their information, including name, where they are graduating from, what school they will be entering/what they wish to do in their post-graduate career, and a fun fact or well-wish that you would like to be said in the program.
  • Cupcake Contest: Please submit photo entries of cupcakes (half dozen is perfect!) to with the Email Subject 2020 Cupcake Contest. We will include the photos in our program, and are creating a way for Town residents to vote online for a winner to be chosen.

If you or your child wish to take part in any (or all!) of these events, please email me at, and I will help with any arrangements and/or answer any questions you might have. We will need all photos and recordings by this Friday, June 26 so we can put it all together to air on the 4th of July.

Pool Opening

Last week, our office sent out notice that we were scheduled to open the Somerset Pool on Monday, June 29. Unfortunately, we received word today from our Pool Management contractor American Pool that we will not meet our targeted opening date.

I know that this development will be a disappointment to many residents - I share your disappointment, and believe me when I say that it is not for a lack of trying.

The delay in opening is due to the discovery of a faulty pump, which needed its motor and phase converter replaced. The Pool Committee and Council acted swiftly, and approved the expenditure for replacements last week, but delivery of the parts and installation is unfortunately delayed beyond our control. Without the pump working correctly, the filtration system is not able to function safely, the County cannot give final sign-off, and the pool cannot open.

The Town is scheduled to receive social distancing stickers to place at the Pool, will be consolidating furniture onto the patio area this week, and is receiving a hand sanitizer station to comply with the rules that were approved by the Council this past week. These are going ahead so that once the mechanical issue is resolved, the pool will be able to open as quickly as possible.

Please also be on the lookout for two important documents related to the pool opening, which will be sent out in the next 24 hours:

1) An FAQ page that will be sent out to all residents that should answer some questions and help navigate this particularly tricky pool season.

2) An Online waiver and release of claims that must be signed by all residents who wish to use the pool prior to activation of their account (residents under 18 years must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian).

Thank you for your patience. In my short time here I know that the Town as a whole takes great pride in its first-class facilties, and the privilege of using them. Opening the pool is a high priority for myself, the Council, the Pool Committee, the Mayor, and everyone involved. I look forward to seeing and hearing residents down at the pool, safely using the Town Pool as soon as we are able to open up.


Matthew Trollinger
Town Manager
Town of Somerset
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