Archive for Thursday, May 22, 2003

City uncertain of pool opening date

May 22, 2003

An opening date for the Eudora Swimming Pool is undetermined at this time, although City crews are working numerous, additional hours to prepare the pool for operations.

The city had wanted to open the pool Monday, but heavy maintenance requirements are delaying the opening, City Administrator Mike Yanez relayed in a memo.

Yanez said among problems encountered were excessive amounts of old paint that had to be removed, resulting in numerous days of work to remove, treat, prime and repaint the pool tank.

The work was further delayed by frequent rains that prohibited the application of new paint.

Yanez said after the new paint's required five days of curing time, the tank will be filled. In addition, several days of treating the water to bring it to standards of clarity and chemical treatment would be required, he said. City crews are also focusing on the proper operation for the filtering, water treatment and circulation systems affected by age.

Yanez said the City would notify the community of opening day by posting a message at Eudora City Hall, on the pool's front door, and on the Recreation Department telephone line at 542-1725.

The 27-year-old pool was evaluated as being difficult to open because of old filtration and water treatment equipment, water infiltration behind the pool tank walls, cracks in the concrete decking, and excessive deterioration of the tank paint.

Although City leaders placed a ballot proposition before voters to seek authorization to obtain funding for a new pool, the ballot proposition was defeated.

"City leaders and staff are highly speculative if the pool will be able to maintain operation status through the season due to the poor condition of the antiquated public facility," Yanez said.

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