Helped Secure Funding to Make Renovation Possible
MANCHESTER – In difficult financial times, Connecticut legislators have had their work cut out for them in determining where state funding is needed most, and where spending can be reined in. State Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) found a valuable cause to advocate state spending for: the rehabilitation of Manchester’s Instructors of the Handicapped (IOH) pool at Manchester High School, which officially reopened on Tuesday.
“I thought that this renovation project provided a perfect opportunity for investing state bonding into our municipality,” said Rep. Tweedie. “So many children, seniors and disabled citizens use this pool. In fact, many have come to rely on it for necessary aquatic therapy sessions and exercise classes. Individuals from surrounding towns even come here to use this great resource – which brings a great sense of community to this facility – but unfortunately Manchester had the costly and timely burden of keeping up with it. I therefore believe that investing in it and the citizens who benefit so greatly from it was a very worthwhile cause. I am happy to have helped secure state funding to complete the necessary repairs to the pool.”
The new IOH pool has improved mechanical and drainage systems that virtually erase the technical difficulties that were constantly causing pool closures and class cancellations. It also now uses natural gas for heating, which is more cost effective and energy efficient than the previous electrical system. These improvements would not have been possible without state funding.