Oskaloosa signs contract to rehabilitate pool

by Dennis Sharkey

The Oskaloosa City Pool will once again be open next year after a one year hiatus.

The city council voted 4-0 last Thursday night to allow Continental Pools to reconstruct the city’s pool at a cost of $143,000.

Continental’s original bid was for more than $210,000 but included the costs of completely reconstructing the toddler pool at more than $67,000 of the costs. Mayor Mike Boyd said the company was willing to break out the costs as separate items.

The main pool will be completely resurfaced with the addition of American Disabilities Act requirements with a slope and steps.

As soon as the council approved the deal, Boyd put pen to a contract in hand.

“I don’t think it would be very gracious of us to have it shut down for another year with no apparent reason,” Boyd said

No work will be done to the toddler pool and a new plan for coming up with funds to replace the pool will have to be developed. Next year the toddler pool will open as it is now.

Boyd said the city can get around ADA requirements for the toddler pool as long as the main pool is ADA approved.

The total budget for the pool project is more than $153,000. Boyd said some money will have to be put back to pay for a new pool cover because most experts have suggested keeping the pool full of water throughout the winter.

Work on the pool will begin soon with the hopes of completing all concrete work before winter time. The pool would then be finished with new paint in the spring.

In other actions:

• Jefferson County Emergency Management Director Doug Schmitt visited with the council about the county wide disaster mitigation plan and answered questions.

Schmitt explained that the plan is needed to minimize the impact of disasters on citizens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will respond to disasters but will not fund rebuilding efforts without a plan.

Schmitt also said the plan can be used to apply for grants for things such as storm shelters.

The has about six months to approve the plan but does not have to.

• City Superintendent Bill Heard reported that the retaining wall on Cherokee has been removed but with no sloping to the hill.

The homeowner, Vernon Sparks, refuses to sign an agreement that would allow the city on his property to slope the hill.

• Councilman John Norman said the 45 grace period for some property owners to clean up their yards is coming to and end. The council agreed to turn the matters over to the legal department. Norman said at least three maybe four properties will fall into that category.

• The city met with one insurance broker and discussed other plans for the city’s health insurance. The city’s policy with Blue Cross and Blue Shield has to be renewed next month. Clerk Patty Hamm said rates will decrease from about $3,300 a month to around $2, 875.

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