Those repairs took care of the peeling surface once and for all in the eight-lane pool, said City Administrator Zane Logan.
But the problem has since popped up in different sections of the leisure pool and continuous river.
“One of the things that’s unique is the current in our river — as we know with all rivers — has an effect on what’s around it,” said Carrie Parmer, aquatics director. “Any time you’ve got that moving water, you’re going to see some wear and tear.”
Most of the problem areas are in the continuous river, but a few are outside of it, Parmer said.
Parmer and Logan each emphasized that, like last year, the problem is aesthetic, not structural.
“The structure of the pool is sound,” Logan said.
To fix areas where material is peeling, city leaders must decide whether to make spot repairs to the cement surface or install a new PVC liner.
“A municipal pool requires maintenance,” Logan said in an email. “Painting and resurfacing are always going to be ongoing. It may be that a liner lasts the longest and is the best way to maintain a low-maintenance cost, but that is just one of the options that will be discussed with the mayor and City Council.
“It will be up to the mayor and council to decide what they feel is the best method.”
The council is slated to consider the issue at its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 6.
The city currently is advertising for bids for PVC lining. Bids will be opened Friday, Feb. 3. Logan said the city wanted to go through the bid process early enough so councilmen have cost proposals and other information they need to make a decision.
The pool is scheduled to close for annual maintenance March 24-April 8, and a new lining or surface repairs will be completed during the scheduled closure, Logan said. This spring’s work will be paid for by the city of Powell, Logan said.
“The city will cover the cost of repainting, smoothing out surface irregularities or lining, dependent upon what the city feels is the best option,” Logan said.
Sletten Construction of Wyoming, the general contractor for the facility’s construction, covered the cost of last year’s repairs. Sletten completed its commitment with the city regarding the surface repairs last May, Logan said.
Those repairs also took place during the aquatic center’s annual maintenance closure from mid-March to early May.
The pool originally was slated to close for four weeks, but work took longer than anticipated.
This spring’s closure is scheduled to last two weeks, and Logan said work is expected to be completed during that timeframe. However, that also depends on bids the city receives for the PVC lining project, Logan said. If PVC lining can’t be completed during the scheduled closure, then that could influence the council’s decision.