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No Camp At Country Club This Summer; Town Playing Fields Are Closed

by Connie Sartini
Citing an abundance of caution and the difficulty of implementing social distancing, the Select Board, at their May 18 virtual meeting, voted 4 to 1 (Reilly) not to offer a camp program at Groton Country Club for the 2020 summer season.
     Select Board member John Reilly said he felt that the bigger problem at the Country Club was the proposal to open the pool. Town Manager Mark Haddad said that the Country Club would honor the 22 Country Club people who paid membership for the camp. The Club manager Shawn Campbell added that the website says that refunds were guaranteed.
     Selectman Josh Degen advised his Board, “We need to consider opening the parks if we are not going to do the camp. We’ve got to give kids somewhere to play.”
     Haddad said, “Last Monday I told you that the parks would be closed to May 19. The information that I have from the state is to keep them closed. I will pass this information on to the parks department. If the Board supports it, I want to keep the parks closed.”
     Colleague Becky Pine said, “I am totally in favor of keeping the parks closed for the summer or the next two months. There is a contradiction if we open the pool, especially since we are closing the sports fields.” She added that she wanted some information from the Board of Health.
     Consideration of opening the pool raised a number of questions from the Board. Chairman Alison Manugian said there are a lot of questions such as: “How do you keep kids apart in the water? It is not logistically viable.”
     Campbell asked the Board “to hold off until you see our documents to see how we will police this.”
     Select Board Member John Giger said he wanted “the Board of Health to give us a recommendation and also we need to look at what surrounding pools are doing.”
     Chairman Manugian agreed that the Board needed more information on pools from the Board of Health before making a decision.
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