Hemlock Pool SAD Fails With 75 Percent 'No' Vote

The pool could still be included in a future ballot initiative aimed at creating a tax for all Dearborn pools.

The ballots are in, and the outlook is not good for 's neighborhood pool.

Of 1,963 ballots sent in to Dearborn residents of the Hemlock neighborhood, 486 were returned. Of those, 369 voted against creating a SAD, while 117 voted for the proposal.

Ballots were issued July 13 and had to be returned to the City of Dearborn by Aug. 3. Results were released Saturday, Aug. 4, by Dearborn City Clerk Kathy Buda.

Hemlock Pool is one of two pools that city officials in a series of budget cuts that also included the , and the .

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 maintenance and operations.

The district boundaries were . Following the June 26 hearing, ballots were sent out to the nearly 2,000 homeowners in the district asking whether they support the SAD.

The cost was estimated to come out to $60-$70 per year for 10 years. 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.

For now, this SAD vote will mean that Hemlock Pool will remain closed into 2013. However, the reopening could still appear as part of a city-wide ballot initiative.

Leaders of the Save Our Pools initiative have said that they intend to gather the 3,500 signatures required that would tax all Dearborn residents equally and keep all pools open.

SOP member Ryan Woods explained that the group believes an equal share of the costs–which would then give all residents equal access to all city pools–is the best way to save the city assets.

“Across the city is cheaper—it's not divisive,” Woods said.

City of Dearborn August 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
The Hemlock area chose to do so. Originally, all six small community pools were going to have similar SAD votes, but opted not to turn in the signatures necessary to start the ballot process. Hemlock is the only neighborhood that opted to do so - hence why they had this vote.
Ali Ali August 06, 2012 at 07:18 AM
that sucks
Anina Bachrach August 06, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Well, doesnt that say if the neighborhood folks doesnt want to pay to keep the pool why should the whole town have to pay. There is a pool on that side of town-Ford Woods.
marooned in Dbn August 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
There is swimming at Camp Dbn, Metro Beach, ect, and your own backyard property if you have your own pool of any particular size.
Fed up with high taxes August 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
What justifies another millage to operate outdoor pools? Why not use funds from the general fund? Why is the City so strapped for cash, even after passage of the latest millage? What happened to the millions received for the sale of Dearborn Towers? If the city is so strapped for cash, why not reevaluate discontinuing, for example, the nickel a leaf program (the program where the city pickes up leaves in the west end of town and they are dispersed across the city as the truck makes its way back to the central dumping yard)


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