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January 19, 2012 9:01 am

City to consider remedy for pool’s peeling surface

Written by Tessa Schweigert

Justin Rieb (right) and Julia Rieb enjoy time in the leisure pool at the Powell Aquatic Center during the Park County Homeschool group swim lessons on Tuesday afternoon. The pool is scheduled to be closed for two weeks beginning March 24 for annual maintenance and repairs. Early next month, the Powell City Council and Mayor Scott Mangold will decide how to repair small areas in the leisure pool and continuous river where the surface is peeling. Justin Rieb (right) and Julia Rieb enjoy time in the leisure pool at the Powell Aquatic Center during the Park County Homeschool group swim lessons on Tuesday afternoon. The pool is scheduled to be closed for two weeks beginning March 24 for annual maintenance and repairs. Early next month, the Powell City Council and Mayor Scott Mangold will decide how to repair small areas in the leisure pool and continuous river where the surface is peeling. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

Problem areas in pool to be fixed during upcoming closure

Peeling on portions of the pool surface at the Powell Aquatic Center will have to be addressed this spring while the facility is closed for annual maintenance.

Several small areas of surface in the center’s leisure pool and continuous river have flaked off.

The same aesthetic flaw occurred last year to a much greater degree, especially in the eight-lane pool. Crews resurfaced the entire eight-lane pool and also repaired sections of the leisure pool area last spring.

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.

7 comments

  • Comment Link January 19, 2012 9:40 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    This pool fiasco has turned into a hole in the ground to pour money in... heads need to roll over this boondoggle. Cut your losses while you can and dump this white elephant,next time listen to the taxpayers.

  • Comment Link January 19, 2012 11:45 am posted by Wading thru BS

    The taxpayers who voted for a new pool?

  • Comment Link January 19, 2012 3:05 pm posted by clipstein

    This actually does not deserve a comment except to put the ones in jail...... New liner is not going to work. Why are we paying when sletten and capstone should be standing for it..... where is the bonding company???? They did not let the concrete cure and will continue to leak both in and out....... if you cannot sell the pool and fiber get rid of them and eliminate the drain on the city bills and taxes..

  • Comment Link January 19, 2012 5:13 pm posted by TN

    Powell needs to seek a remedy for common sense when it comes to pork barrel projects.There seems to be a big lack of it.

  • Comment Link January 20, 2012 6:14 am posted by clipstein

    one question Mr. city manager and owner of this paper?????? What would you do if your new houses were built like the pool????? oops i know you would pay for the repairs out of your pocket.........
    don't forget what is green and plugs holes at the pool??????? taxpayer money

  • Comment Link January 22, 2012 6:53 am posted by Wayne Gullickson

    I see all you nay sayers are back. I thought we had lost you or you had discovered that a positive attitude and pride in your community is contagious and actually can help a community. The pool will get fixed and our little town will go on. I am proud of Powell Wyoming and its people. I will leave it at that.

  • Comment Link January 23, 2012 10:49 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    Naysayers? Why not? When people waste money on pork barrel projects like drunken sailors, and we the taxpayers are supposed to like it? This spending madness on projects for the select few needs to stop,no matter how proud anyone is of this town. Enough is enough.Powell really needs better management and leadership.

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