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.