September 05. 2018 11:34PM

Londonderry dipping toe into public pool idea

By Ryan Lessard
Union Leader Correspondent


LONDONDERRY — Town officials are forming a committee to study the feasibility, interest in and need for a public pool. Officials put out a call for members of the public to join the panel.

Assistant Town Manager Lisa Drabik put out the call on social media and the town’s web page to fill five spots open to members of the public.

While a couple of people have expressed interest on Facebook — or at least in a splash pad as an alternative — the majority of commenters seemed to be against the idea, raising concerns of cost.

“I’ve gotten a couple folks to respond,” Drabik said, referring to interest in joining the committee.

The full committee will consist of eight members. Drabik will be the nonvoting chairman of the committee. There will also be a member of the Planning Board and a member of the recreation commission.

At its last meeting on Aug. 13, the Town Council asked the town manager to form the committee under by Sept. 15. A recommendation to the town is due by Dec. 1.

“We’ll look at examples in other communities,” Drabik said.

The committee will study the cost to build and maintain a pool, possible locations, possible fees associated with its use, liability issues and try to gauge the general interest for it in town.

Ultimately, the interest may be best gauged by a warrant article vote, Drabik said.

Given the short amount of time the committee has to collect data and draft a comprehensive recommendation, there’s a chance the committee recommends the town give them more time to study it, according to Drabik.

Anyone interested in joining the committee can reach Drabik by emailing her at ldrabik@londonderrynh.org.

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