Hemlock Pool SAD Meeting Set for June 26
Residents of Dearborn's Hemlock area are invited to learn more about a tax that would keep their neighborhood pool open.
Dearborn residents in the Hemlock Park area are invited to a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at Hemlock Cabin concerning the future of Hemlock Pool.
The meeting is intended as a public forum to provide information about the proposed future of Hemlock Pool. It will be hosted by Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department Director Greg Orner and include other city officials.
Hemlock Pool is one of two pools that city officials decided to close in 2011 in a series of severe budget cuts that also included the closure of the Snow Branch Library, and the city's Health Department.
Residents of the Hemlock area were the only to turn in petitions to look into the creation of a Special Assessment District, which would give homeowners the fiscal responsibility of funding the pool's maintenence and operations.
The district boundaries were set June 12 by Dearborn City Council. Following the June 26 hearing, ballots will be sent out to the nearly 2,000 homeowners in the district asking whether they support the SAD.
The cost is estimated to come out to $60-$70 per year, and the tax would be in place for 10 years.
The district encompasses the area from Warren to Wyoming, along the Detroit Terminal Railroad to Ford Road, west to Schaefer, north to Haggerty, west to Maple and north back to Warren.
Initial capital improvements call for the modernization and reconfiguration of the pool into an L-shaped facility with a zero-depth entry at a cost of approximately $1.3 million.
If payments are assessed through the SAD, property owners within the district would not pay an entrance fee to use Hemlock Pool or pay for seasonal pool tags for Hemlock Pool.