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Poolside homework

Kansas City firm to examine, report on pool’s condition

April 26, 2001

A closer look at the Eudora city pool may help city officials decide if it's sink or swim time for the facility.

Larkin Aquatics, Kansas City, Mo., will begin a study of the pool's condition on Thursday. Tim Spiker, manager, said the company should have results to the Eudora City Council within a month. The council agreed for the $700 feasibility study at its April 9 meeting.

"I can't really say how long it's going to take to get back," Spiker said. "But I'll try to get it back as fast as I can. These aren't very difficult to get out so I would say it shouldn't be too long."

The study would give the city a "snapshot" of the pool's condition, Spiker said After examining the pool's mechanics and structure, Larkin Aquatics will give a report on the pool's capacity to accommodate future growth. Spiker said options might include improving the pool or building a new facility.

"Pretty much, it's just to show the (city), in a nutshell, how much effective life the pool has," he said. "It's pretty much used as a planning measure. What we do in certain cases, when communities are expanding like Eudora, we look ahead and see what we can put in the future."

Eudora Recreation and Parks Director Diana Beebe said she has made a list of maintenance expenses. The records will be given to Larkin Aquatics and included in the study.

"I've just started doing that," Beebe said. "We're just putting information together at this point."

Spiker said the company would give examples of other pool projects it has completed along with their costs. Other area pools include the Lawrence city pool at 7th and Kentucky streets and a new indoor facility being built at 6th and Wakarusa, Spiker said. Larkin Aquatics has been in the pool construction business since 1948.

In addition to mechanical conditions and overall structure, Larkin Aquatics will also talk with pool personnel. The pool's revenues and expenses will also play a part in the feasibility study's results. Excessive operation costs could make building a new pool more cost efficient for the city.

Spiker said it would be important to also note the pool's strengths during the study.

"If you find something that 's working great, you just don't want to touch it," he said.

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