City Scales Back As Pool Project Costs Go Off The Deep End

City Scales Back As Pool Project Costs Go Off The Deep End

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It's too much - that's what city council members have to say about the first designs for the Thompson Park pool project. The designs to fix up the defunct pool came in between $3 and $4 million. Council expected to pay $2.4 million.

Some members like Lisa Ruggiero and Mark Walczyk say the designs weren't what city council asked for.

"The plans and the direction that they gave the engineering firm were a little bit off. They were much more pie in the sky, let's build a brand new Taj Mahal pool and bathhouse. We really just need this pool to be functioning again for the community," said Walczyk.

But City Engineer Justin Wood says the plans were bare bones and the city was just doing its due diligence by asking the consultant, C&S Engineers, to provide 2 options: a standard pool with a deep end, and a smaller and shallower pool and how much each would cost. That way Wood can show council the options.

"They've provided that for us and that allows us to look at what we're losing for amenities in order to scale this thing back and if everyone's happy with what that product looks like, then we'll probably move forward with something less than a standard pool," said Wood.

The smaller option is now being scaled down. The most recent plans include a ramp instead of stairs.

"We're trying to scale everything back and I think we'll be real close to that $2.5 million range," said Wood.

The project also includes the bathhouse, which could either be a renovation of the old bathhouse or the construction of a new one.

Mayor Joe Butler says the original costs for the project were too much and there would be a lot of modifications to the pool designs to get it under 2.4 million. But Walczyk says he wants to see it done.

"This project needs to get done. It needs to be taken care of and it needs to come in under $2.4 million," he said.

Wood will present the options for the pool to city council at a work session on Monday night. Council Member Ryan Henry-Wilkinson says he's anxious for that presentation and he won't support a pool project costing more than $2.4 million.

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