Trial Date Set for Charlestown Pool Cover Complaint

Charlestown — A trial has been scheduled for August 15 in the civil complaint brought by the town against former Selectman Doug Ring over a cover for the outdoor pool.

In December 2011, the Selectboard, of which Ring was a member at the time, voted 2-0 to buy the $9,000 cover from Ring’s business, Ringscape Pool and Spas. Ring abstained from the vote. A month later Ring cashed a $6,600 deposit check for the cover and blower to clean out the lines in the fall. The blower was delivered but not the cover and the town ended up buying a cover from another supplier in the fall of 2012.

The town made repeated attempts to get Ring to deliver the cover, which was never ordered from the supplier, and when that failed, to return the money. Neither effort was successful and the town filed its complaint with the Claremont Fifth District Court in January this year.

Mediation was scheduled for June 27 but was scrapped.

The town is claiming two counts of breach of contract and one count of unfair and deceptive trade practices.

The town wants the deposit returned, the difference between the cover Ring was to supply for $9,000 and the one the town bought for $9,500 and the cost of additional maintenance and spring cleaning of the pool because the second cover was not installed until fall after leaves and pine needles fell in the water. The town also wants the court to triple the damages.

In previous interviews, Ring acknowledged he owes Charlestown the money, but also says the town has not worked with him on establishing a repayment plan.