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Pool Band-Aid: Spend $61K, Open by July 4th

The Nazareth Borough Council and residents hear from consultant Thursday night that a quick fix could possibly have municipal pool open by July 4th.

Maybe the Nazareth Boro-Park Pool won't be closed for the 2013 season after all.

The Nazareth Borough Council—and a packed house of 75 residents—heard from a consultant at Thursday night's work session that a quick fix could have the pool operational by July 4th.

The pool was slated to open May 25 for Memorial Day weekend, but a decision was made to close it for the year due to a failing filtration system.

Ted Wallover of Wallover Architects—which specializes in municipal pools—gave a two-hour presentation, which included questions from council members and residents.

Wallover outlined to attendees why the pool was closed and what some solutions may be.

And the biggest was a suggestion that by spending around $61,000, the borough could get the pool open by the Fourth of July.

Wallover said work would have to be done to fix pipes and get the water flow going again. It would have to do it with drilling holes to connect two lines to the balance tank to ensure a six-hour mandated turnover regarding water flow.

He said the short-term fix might appease residents. But Wallover isn't recommending it because it's unknown whether underground pipes would be able to handle the new water flow.

And if they broke, that would shut down the pool for the season and further delay when a new pool could be built.

"It might be like throwing money down the drain," he said.

He said the borough was able to enjoy 74 years of continuous service from the oval-shaped pool, but that age caught up to it.

According to Wallover:

  • The pool went beyond its useful lifespan.
  • Major renovation/replacement is inevitable.
  • New codes mandate changes.

So where does the borough go from here? Well, that will be decided at Monday's council meeting.

Wallover has suggested: Replacing the pool and bathhouse, renovating the existing pool, establishing a pool budget, utilizing state-of-the-art filters, determining alternate pool options for residents and figuring out if a new pool should be made of concrete or stainless steel.

Jill May 03, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Are there any fundraisers in the works for the pool?
Ben Miller May 03, 2013 at 09:28 PM
You mean for the replacement costs of it? That should be covered by a series of grants and tax revenue, and potentially, a bond issue.
Jake Tucker May 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
The specialist with pools said it like throwing money down the drain; the pool went beyond its useful lifespan. Major renovation/replacement is inevitable, new codes mandate changes. I’m thinking he is right, but the real question is who was ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL FOR THE LAST DECADE? I’m thinking that a lot of the problems that are happening can be solved by TERM LIMITS. I really think that 12 years is way too long to serve as a councilman. Maybe this is where the real problem is…time for some fresh blood with a fresh perspective…this town has really going down the drain fast.
nazresident May 04, 2013 at 03:56 PM
The biggest problem is there's no foresight, no planning. The monies for these capital improvements do not fall from the sky. There needs to be savings plans in place and not touched for these large projects.
rick troxell May 04, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Priorites need to be better managed as well. At the least 20 years was wasted with bandaids and no planning for the inevitable, which was clearly known since the late 1990's. Two of the Boroughs known issues. One being this recreation issue (pool)and the other being the Police Dept. Both having not been addressed as a future plan to accomodate what? And now at what cost? naz resident: Good point. Is there a savings plan? And if so how much and for what purpose?

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