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Rensselaer County Legislature urging City of Troy to find funding to re-open pools

August 14, 2018 11:16 PM

TROY – It’s another hot summer without city pools in Troy. This is the second straight summer they’ve been closed.

The Knickerbacker and South Troy pools closed after numerous maintenance problems. A Rensselaer County Legislator said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden told him and engineering company estimates it will take around $4 million to fix them both.

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I grew up in South Troy pool, later in life my kids grew up in North Troy in the pools,” said Rensselaer County Legislator Kim Ashe-McPherson.

Ashe-McPherson doesn't think the city is doing enough to get funding to re-open the pools.

"If you can put together a bike trail and find funding for that, you can find funding for our pools,” explained Ashe-McPherson.

This is why she proposed a resolution to the legislature that urges the city of Troy to seek grant funding from the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and Historic Preservation. It also urges them to explore the use of energy performance contracts for the city parks and pools. The resolution passed at a legislature meeting Tuesday night.

However, before it did, the Rensselaer County Legislature Minority Party brought up an amendment to it.

“The city has already reached out to this particular state agency so it's kind of a moot resolution, so we thought we'd beef it up,” explained Minority Leader Peter Grimm.

The amendment looks to draw money from several different Rensselaer County fund balances. Grimm didn’t say exactly how much, but he said the county has helped out other communities before.

"It was money that would have no additional tax on residents of the county,” said Grimm.

Ashe-McPherson said she had no idea that the city was already looking to apply for grants.

"I sent a letter July 19 to the Mayor asking him what his plans are for these properties,” said Ashe-McPherson. “They're sitting there two years. Sitting there and they're not doing anything. They're going to grow trees, they're going to be a liability to the city, what is your plan? He didn't respond."

The majority party was frustrated the amendment wasn’t brought up earlier for them to review. The amendment did not pass.

"We had been working on the details and we were working on them up until 5 o'clock, until we walked on the floor tonight,” explained Grimm.

In the end, it seems everyone is seeking to get the pools re-opened for the community.

"It's sad because this is not Troy, Troy can be better,” said Ashe-McPherson.

Grimm said he will likely propose the amendment as a resolution at next month’s meeting. NewsChannel 13 did reach out to Troy Mayor Patrick about the resolution and funding, he did not get back to us.

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