By Carol Britton Meyer
An article submitted by the South Shore Country Club Management Committee will appear on this year's Town Meeting warrant, asking voters to approve funding of up to $8 million to pay for the design and construction of a town-owned pool facility over a 20-year period.
The proposal includes a handicapped-accessible six-lane, 25-yard lap pool, a zero-depth entry pool, a bathhouse, and a splash pad -- contingent not only on voter approval at Town Meeting but also on the subsequent town election. The pool design would accommodate an all-season "bubble" covering.
That figure would be lower if Town Meeting approves the Community Preservation Committee-recommended allocation of $550,000 from Hingham's Community Preservation Act funds.
There's also the potential for private fundraising, which would reduce the impact on taxpayers.
Gaining the necessary approvals would not preempt the required town review process for the pool facility.
Any proposal beyond a summer pool would require future Town Meeting approval on the budget side.
"This is a nice project that will accommodate everyone in town, from babies to senior citizens," SSCC Management Committee Chair Christine Smith said recently.
She noted that with SSCC celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, this would be the "perfect time [for the community] to get behind the project."