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Beginning the morning of Thursday, July 16, 2020 ( This Week) and extending into Friday, WW Contracting will be on site to remove and replace approximately 10 sections of sidewalk. The miscellaneous locations include areas that did not pass inspection from last years sidewalk replacement project.
This work will be very loud in nature. Unfortunately, this noise will be unavoidable when the demolition is being performed . Please plan accordingly.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Over the past weeks, the Board of Trustees and management have been hard at work on a plan to responsibly open the swimming pool this season. Many hours have been devoted to this goal, including initially processing the applications for pool passes and developing plans for people to reserve pool time and enjoy themselves safely.
At the June 29 Board meeting, Management presented the finalized opening plan. After weeks of negotiations between the condominium’s attorney and the attorneys representing pool management and security companies, we have come to the conclusion that we are simply unable to bind contracts in such a way that there is an acceptable level of accountability, should a COVID-19 incident occur at the pool. Additionally, Deerfield’s general liability policy and its director’s and officers’ liability policy contains pandemic exclusions-meaning that, for a pool opening, the condominium association would need to endure too much liability; any litigation could put the association’s entire reserve funds at risk. The Board doesn’t feel it would be responsible to jeopardize Deerfield’s financial well-being in exchange for opening the pool for the remainder of this summer.
The Trustees recognize the disappointment this decision will mean for many residents. We hope, however, that people will agree it was the only responsible decision that could be made. We will continue to monitor the ongoing and rapidly changing conditions, to ensure we are poised for a responsible pool opening next year.
Deerfield Forest Condominium Trustees
Above you will find all the rules regarding the use of the pool at Deerfield Forest. For any questions please contact them directly at 508-655-5500.
Many Deerfield residents have been asking about the availability of the swimming pool this summer. We know our pool is the quintessential summertime destination for a lot of you, as a gathering place for cooling off, getting to know each other, and building relationships.
The Trustees have been diligently working together with management on a plan for safely opening the pool. This has included taking into account the best advice and guidance of other parties, including the CDC, our pool management vendor, and the town of Natick. We are currently completing all the tasks that the Board of Health requires for a pool to open.
The largest obstacle we face is lifeguard coverage. The pool management industry is heavily dependent on the US Exchange Visitor Program, which allows international students to travel to the United States to work for the summer. Due to the COVID-19 concerns, many countries are not issuing visas allowing students to work in the US. Without this resource, we are placed at a disadvantage in adequately staffing the pool.
Nevertheless, our pool management company is currently interviewing and training domestic guards who are just now beginning lifeguard certification renewals. Their success in recruiting and training an unprecedented number of domestic lifeguards in such a short time period will largely determine our ability to offer pool hours at some point this summer.
Please be assured that in the light of these significant challenges, the Trustees have allocated significant additional resources to the management office, in support of a pool opening. We plan on sharing an update shortly after the Fourth of July. Much as we’d like to be open for swimming in time for that holiday weekend in particular, it appears that we won’t be able to achieve that goal—speeding up the process is simply beyond our control.
Please know that the Trustees and management want to ensure a responsibly managed and safe environment at the Deerfield swimming pool. We truly hope to see that desire fulfilled at some point in this challenging summer of 2020. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.
Deerfield Board of Trustees
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