Canton gains final approval for pool project
Canton has finally cleared its last hurdle in the quest of a new pool.
Last Wednesday, the town received word that the N.C. Local Government Commission (LGC) approved its request to take out a substantial loan for the project, which comes with a price tag of over $2 million.
The approval comes almost one month after the application was submitted electronically.
“We were a little nervous because we didn’t hear back the day we were supposed to,” Town Manager Hendler-Voss said. “I was hopeful that was just a matter of them getting through all the applications.”
Now that the LGC has given its blessing, Hendler-Voss said the next step is to close on the already-approved $775,000 BB&T Bank loan — something he expects to accomplish this week. In addition to wrapping up the financing paperwork, the town is also working on finishing up the construction contract.
In the meantime, town crews have been tearing up the existing concrete pool deck, a process which Hendler-Voss said is about halfway done. Pool demolition is set to begin March 1, which is also the official start date for construction.
In order to stoke some enthusiasm, Hendler-Voss sent town officials a photograph of the planned waterslide which is slated to be installed as part of the project, something that has been well-received by all who saw it.
“I just wanted to give the board a sense of what they approved and how cool it will be,” he said.