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State Expected to OK $500K for YMCA Pool Project

State Bond Commission scheduled to vote June 4.

State Rep. David A. Scribner (R-107) announced Wednesday that the State Bond Commission is slated to approve a $500,000 grant for the of Western Connecticut to help pay for an enclosure around their Greenknoll pool at the Brookfield facility.

The project will expand and enhance use of the pool to be year-round and will vastly increase opportunities for members of the region to take advantage of cost efficient exercise. Rep Scribner co-sponsored the legislation that created the source of funding, which was authorized by the legislature specific to Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA organizations throughout the state. Because this is a regional facility, the enclosed pool will be used for competitive, in addition to recreational, swimming for swim teams who do not have a pool on premises.

The YMCA financed the construction of the pool through private donations, but was lacking the funding necessary to complete the protective structure.

“The new pool enclosure that will be made possible through this bond will allow members to get months more use out of the pool and maintain a healthy exercise routine,” Scribner said. “This is a collaborative contribution that is an investment in the healthy future of thousands of residents throughout our region."

“The Regional Y is pleased to work with Rep. David Scribner and the State of Connecticut to secure this tremendous bond allocation,” said Marie B. Miszewski, president and CEO of the Regional YMCA of Western CT. “As we move forward with expanding the Y to meet the growing needs of our community, enclosing the outdoor pool is a major priority. This pool enclosure will be an enormous asset as we work to offer year-round programs in the Greenknoll pool, expand on our water fitness activities for all ages, expand our important water safety initiatives, and provide additional access to area swim teams and summer campers.”

As a ranking member on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee, Rep. Scribner serves as an ex-officio member of the State Bond Commission, as well as member of the General Bonding Sub-Committee.

The entire Greater Danbury Delegation, led by Rep. Scribner, have pledged their bi-partisan support for the approval of this bond, including Reps. Dan Carter, John Frey, Janice Giegler, Bob Godfrey, DebraLee Hovey, Christopher Lyddy, Richard Smith and Joseph Taborsak.

The State Bond Commission agenda states that the bond is slated to be passed at their next meeting on June 4. Although the agenda is subject to change, traditionally all items appearing on the agenda will be passed. The function of the Bond Commission is to determine whether it is in the state’s best interest to approve project funding requests and approve the amount and timing of bond sales as requested by the State Treasurer.

Dan Kuhn June 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Can the state really afford to give this money when taxes are so high already?

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