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August 30, 2012 8:15 am

Leisure pool reopens

Written by Tessa Schweigert

Mayor, council to discuss liner company’s payment, no money spent yet

After a closure lasting longer than a month, the leisure pool at the Powell Aquatic Center reopened to swimmers Monday morning.

“So far, the liner appears to be performing as it should,” said Gary Butts, city public services manger, in an email Tuesday. “Obviously, we will continue to monitor it, but water has been in the pool for almost a week now and seems to be doing good.”

Before reopening to swimmers, aquatic center staff had to monitor the liner and balance the chemicals in the water.

The pool closed to swimmers July 17 so crews could repair areas where a new PVC liner had bubbled.

The liner was installed last spring as a way to address small aesthetic flaws in the original surface material of the continuous river and leisure pool. The Powell City Council opted to install a PVC liner to cover the entire surface. What was intended as a fix led to new concerns as the pool liner began bubbling shortly after it was installed.

Since May, the pool closed three times for liner repairs.

Butts noted that the city has not paid RenoSys, the company hired to install the liner. In February, councilmen unanimously approved a $39,775 bid for the project to RenoSys of Indianapolis, Ind.

“It will be up to the mayor and council to approve any payment to them,” he said.

Before the council discusses payment, Butts said the city must be sure that everything is working as it should be with the liner.

Councilmen also may consider whether to seek compensation for lost revenue and time while the pool was closed to swimmers.

“ ... it will be up to the mayor and council to review their contract options with the city attorney and determine whether to pursue anything or not,” Butts said. “I am pretty sure that there will be some discussion on that as well as other expenses that the city incurred while the pool was unable to be used.

“There are some provisions in the contract documents that may be used for some form of compensation.”

City Administrator Zane Logan said earlier this month that RenoSys is responsible for all costs of the repairs.

2 comments

  • Comment Link August 30, 2012 3:18 pm posted by TN

    Yeah...until the next leak.

  • Comment Link August 30, 2012 5:42 pm posted by clipstein

    the only option here is the two contractors, mayor and crew, city manager and who pushed all the extras, nepotism and friendship should be held responsible for all the money that was wasted.
    then how about the money they cost one individual with their lies because he disagreed with them.....a violation of free speech. Yes mr. Mayor you for one.

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