Walbridge pool wades into repairs
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 07 June 2013 07:41
WALBRIDGE - Two weeks into the typical pool season, the village's swimming hole is still dry.
|File photo. Volunteers work on the pool at Aqua Terrace in Walbridge. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
But work on the new liner installation at the pool has started and is continuing daily by RenoSystem, weather-permitting, said Mayor Ed Kolanko at Wednesday's council meeting.
"They will work the weekend," he said.
During her committee report for parks, recreation and community events, chairwoman Sue Hart-Douglas said she expected the pool to be open next week. But Kolanko cautioned against any predictions.
"I would encourage you not to anticipate a completion date," he said.
The pool usually opens on the Memorial Day weekend.
Kolanko said some pool passes have been refunded. "Everyone's been pretty understanding."
He said in hindsight, better communication between council, the administration and RenoSystem, would have helped with the timetable.
Last summer, council voted to buy a $17,134 pool liner from Aquatic Renovation Systems Inc.
At a May 17 parks, recreation and community events meeting, the committee heard that the RenoSystem crew was in Kentucky and had been delayed due to weather. They had been expected in Walbridge May 13-18.
During that meeting, Kolanko said that pool repairs for the liner to be installed, along with the plumbing and Americans with Disabilities stairs has cost the village an additional $23,400.
Council has been working on repairs and improvements to the 60-year-old pool for about a year.
Also at Wednesday's meeting, council voted to spend $29,806 for parking lot improvements at village-owned property at 33801 Drouillard Road, which is leased by Professional Transportation Inc. Buck Brothers LLC, Holland, will do the work.
"The parking lot is in need of repair and replacement. It's an expense we need to incur to improve the property," Kolanko said. "It's property we own, we need to take care of it."
Last year, a PTI representative attended a council meeting and said if the parking lot wasn't repaired, the company would consider moving out of the village.
The village purchased the Drouillard Road building for the business in 2009 to keep PTI in the village.
In other business, council:
• Appropriated $15,700 from the un-appropriated cash balance of the general fund. It will be distributed to pool supplies and materials, $5,000; OPERS (police), $5,700, and contractual - council, $5,000.
• Approved allowing CRC Ministries in the village have a festival in Loop Park Aug. 2-4. There will be a nightly service at 7 p.m. The church will rent the shelter house for $75.
• Voted to spend not more than $100 on identification badges for council members to wear during community events.
• Heard the YMCA Fun Bus will start stopping in the village on Thursdays. It offers free activities for children.
• Heard Councilman Ken Gilsdorf said CSX has an MS Bike to the Bay team that is still in need of volunteers and donations. The company has a team riding, including Kolanko, and will be having volunteers along the two-day event to Port Clinton June 29-30. For more information call Rob Burkett at (419) 661-3150 or e-mail