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[February 14, 2013]

Patience urged as Cheshire figures out solution to Community Pool bubble

CHESHIRE, Feb 14, 2013 (New Haven Register - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Town Council Chairman Tim Slocum urged residents to be patient as officials sort out the best long-term solution for The Community Pool, which is now closed until late spring after the bubble covering collapsed Saturday morning.

"I know there are people out there circulating petitions to tear the thing down and there's people out there who are equally strong in their support of the pool," Slocum said during a council meeting Wednesday night. "But I believe that the council has to take measured approach on this." The bubble collapse, the second in the last three years at the pool, came as 36-inches of snow was blanketing Cheshire, Town Manager Michael Milone said. Aquatics Director Sheila Adams and members of the town's Department of Public Works tried valiantly to keep the bubble from collapsing, Milone said, but in the end the snow was falling too fast to keep the pool's synthetic covering aloft.

"The snow was so heavy that our trucks could not move it," Milone said.

Adams said that about an hour before the collapse. "the bubble was swaying all over the place." "At 3:30 a.m., it just opened up," she told council members. "The important thing is that nobody got hurt." The 2011 bubble collapse kept the pool closed from January 2011 into the spring of that year and again from October 2011 to February 2012 as a new bubble was erected. The bulk of the money for the new bubble came from an insurance pay out from the collapse.

The first bubble collapse came seven months after voters rejected a $7 million plan to cover the pool with a permanent structure.

Call Luther Turmelle at 203-789-5706.

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