Watertown Lawmakers Choose Under-Budget Pool Design
Watertown's city council has picked a design for the new Thompson Park pool that will keep the project under budget.
At a budget work session Monday night, council members decided to build a new pool for $1.25 million and renovate the existing bathhouse for more than $600,000.
City engineer Justin Wood recommended the city build a new bathhouse, but to keep the project under its $2.4 million budget, council members decided to fix up the old one.
"Not only will it keep us under budget but it has the added benefit of having a solution for the bathhouse," council member Mark Walczyk said, "which would otherwise sit vacant for an unknown period of time."
Wood says the old bathhouse will need a lot of work and could end up costing close to the same amount as building a new bathhouse.
Construction on the pool is expected to start next spring.
It comes as city leaders are trying to make cuts to next year's budget to avoid a hefty tax hike.