And the price tag is? Fixing Flynn pool with bathhouse will cost millions

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Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 6:00 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Repairs needed to reopen Watertown’s Flynn pool and build a bathhouse will cost $3 million to $4 million.

The estimates went to Watertown mayor Jeff Smith Thursday, who shared them with 7 News.

Flynn pool is the only city pool on Watertown’s north side, and there has been debate over whether to repair and reopen it.

The estimates Mayor Smith received Thursday include two options - one for $2.9 million and one for $4.1 million. The more expensive option raises the price on swimming pool “construction and demolition” from $775,000 to more than $1.1 million.

In a statement to 7 News, Councilmember Lisa Ruggiero said “The city has had three pools over five decades and there is a reasonable expectation that this will continue.”

She added she isn’t surprised by the potential replacement costs because of inflation, and because City Council has already had to vote on price increases this year with other projects.

Debbie Dermady, founder of “Make A Splash - Keep Three Pools in Watertown” called the estimates a scare tactic in a Facebook post. She said, “The northside neighborhood needs this pool just as the other neighborhoods need theirs.”

More information about the estimates is expected Friday.

Ruggiero’s full statement can be read below.

“The city has had 3 pools for over 5 decades and there is a reasonable expectation that this will continue. ARPA funds of $750,000 were set aside in the capital fund of the 2022-2023 budget to repair the Flynn Pool and it was voted on unanimously on June 6, 2022, thus Mayor Smith voted in favor of repairing the pool. I’m not surprised by the potential replacement costs of the pool and bathhouse because of inflation and the fact Council has had to vote on price increases this year with other projects. North side residents want the Flynn pool reopened and I and 2 other council members ran for re-election and election last year to repair or replace the pool so the voters have spoken. We were very transparent about our support of the Flynn pool. Those candidates who opposed the Flynn pool lost. This issue was already debated last year and perhaps Mayor Smith is still bitter from the election results. Elections do have consequences.”

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