Oskaloosa pool will open in 2011

by Dennis Sharkey

There are many uncertainties surrounding the future of the Oskaloosa swimming pool but one thing is for sure. The pool will be open in 2011.

Council President Kelly Hattemer, the city’s point person for the pool, wanted to make sure that she could tell residents that the pool will be open.

“I’m trying to figure out ways to deal with this pool,” Hattemer said at last Thursday’s meeting.

Hattemer’s concerns were in response to a discussion about the pool that she missed at the council’s second meeting in November.

City Superintendent Bill Heard brought the matter to the council because he had received a proposal from a local contractor to rehabilitate the aging pool. The contractor told Heard that he didn’t believe the pool could open next year in the current condition. However, Heard disagrees to some degree.

“Nothing catastrophic is going to happen if we open it next year or the year after,” Heard said.

Heard has said in the past that he could possibly keep the pool open for another 10 years, but the cost to open the pool will increase each year as the condition worsens

“At some point it is going to close itself,” Heard said. “As it is you are going to get escalating complaints about it.”

Hattemer was not asking for another 10 years, however. Her focus right now is getting the pool open for at least one more year before rehabilitation takes place. She wants the council to consider hiring someone to write a grant. If not, Hattemer said the council could look at the situation at budget time next fall.

The city’s annual budget to operate the pool is about $70,000. It will take that amount, but likely more, to rehabilitate the pool. The most recent proposal has the project at more than $78,000.

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