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Pool is on schedule for summer opening

An update to the ongoing construction and repairs to the community pool was provided by Darryl Anderson at the Monday, March 25, Lakeview Town Council meeting.

Anderson, president of Anderson Engineering and Surveying, provided detailed information on the progress for the current contract, which is scheduled to end on May 15.

Anderson stated that almost all concrete has now been poured and the current primary focus is on repairs to plumbing. One issue crews are encountering is getting concrete to a low enough moisture level to able to apply the required epoxy coating.

The well which is being utilized to provide geothermal energy for heating is also currently receiving repairs in preparation of the pool’s targeted reopening date. Anderson said that it is not as deep as originally thought after a camera was recently run down the well, but that around 1,000 feet in depth they are reaching water temperatures of around 130 degrees. With no major breaks in the casing, the hope is that pumps can bring heated water to the surface each morning, maintaining pool temperatures at 72 degrees. Anderson stressed the importance of placing pool blankets over the water at night to maintain temperatures.

Anderson said that pool temperatures could potentially be brought higher, but there are state regulations on temperature for swimming competitions. Without proper blanket coverage at night and routine morning pumping of hot water, maintaining consistent temperatures could prove difficult.

Other work being completed includes replacement of lighting and wiring and repairs to the cement surrounding the pool.

The tentative opening date is slated as May 31, but the council stressed that regular summer hours of operation may not begin until after high school graduation, allowing time for lifeguard training and other upgrades to the facility.

Upgrades to the surrounding sidewalks and landscaping were also suggested based on need after the primary repair work is completed.

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