City of Oskaloosa solicits bids for swimming pool
by Dennis Sharkey
Oskaloosa City leaders are hoping next spring to fill a new city swimming pool with water and not rain drops.
After holding a special meeting last week to set specs for rehabilitating the pool, the city is now accepting bids.
For several months residents have questioned the city council about the pool and some have wondered whether it would ever open again.
Mayor Mike Boyd has pushed back most of the summer saying that the city needed to know how much money was needed and the scope of work that would be required.
The scope of the work is more clear and a budget has been set. The only question left is how much it will actually cost. The council will know the answer when they meet on Sept. 15 to open the bids.
The city has planned on a $78,000 budget for the pool in 2012. However, most of that budget will be spent on pool operation and maintenance. The city did not open the pool this year and according to City Clerk Patty Hamm there is more than $68,000 left in the parks and recreation budget as of July 31.
Hamm said the city will use the 2011 budget authority to make the repairs to the pool. The Parks and Recreation Commission has pledged to spend up to $50,000 toward pool repairs.
The main focus will to be repair the main pool. After listening to different proposals the city will seek a new plaster surface with three coats of paint. However, there will be some physical changes to the pool.
One end of the pool will be zero depth with an ADA compliant ramp into the pool with railings. On the other end of the pool will be steps.
The city will also seek to completely rebuild the wading pool or remove it completely. That pool, if constructed, will be required to have a ramp. The city will also explore the costs of making the wading pool larger and with a fountain.
Councilman Greg Rockhold also asked about extending the fence around the pool and constructing a shade area.
Contractors will have until Sept. 14 to bid and specs can be obtained from City Hall.
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