Two city pools will undergo major improvements after the Watertown City Council approved spending nearly $238,000 to replace their surfaces.
Council members approved a $115,400 contract with Mid-Amercian Pool Renovation, Grandview, Mo., to complete the repairs to the Alteri pool at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. They also signed off on a separate contract for $110,700 with Leisure Craft Pools, Lancaster, Pa., for repairs to the Flynn pool at the North Elementary School on Division Street.
The companies will remove the deteriorating marcite surface with quartz, which is expected to last longer, said City Engineer Kurt W. Hauk. Both companies submitted low bids for the work on each of the pools.
Council members also approved a $11,876.40 contract with Syracuse consultant C&S Companies to coordinate the pool projects.
The work will not affect the citys swim season. The repairs to the Alteri pool will be completed this fall, while the other pool will be finished next spring. The city had set aside $220,000 to fix both pools and will use a budget transfer to make up for the shortfall.
Erin E. Gardner, Parks and Recreation superintendent, said the surfaces are in bad shape.
If you look at the bottoms of the pool, it looks like theyre dirty, she explained.
The pool at Thompson Park is slated to be replaced by a spraypark in the 2015-16 capital budget. Council members would have to give final approval to proceed with that project.
Last year, C&S Companies completed an assessment of the three pools. It determined it was better to replace the Thompson pool rather than repair it.
In other action, council members:
■ Informally agreed on forming a committee to work on the proposed open-air pavilion that would replace the former aviary at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.
The committee will include: Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham; Councilman Joseph M. Butler Jr.; zoo Executive Director John T. Wright; board Vice President Robert D. Gorman, who is also the managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times; board member Richard R. Gefell and Mr. Hauk.
The city plans to spend no more than $320,000 on the pavilion project rather than transform the aviary into a learning center.
Mr. Hauk has estimated it would cost about $170,000 to demolish the aviary and replace it.
■ Informally agreed to spend about $1,800 on installing an electric hook-up to a new fountain in a small park at Holcomb and South Massey streets.
West Ten Eyck Street resident Allison F. Gorham recently installed the fountain in the park. For nearly a year, she has been taking care of the park by planting flowers and decorating it at Easter, for Halloween and during the Christmas holidays.
■ Informally agreed on a smoking ban for all city-owned fields and the new pavilion in the J.B. Wise parking lot. The citys Parks and Recreation Department suggested the ban after receiving numerous complaints about people smoking at athletic fields.