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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.

Ben Miller May 03, 2013 at 03:40 AM
I hate to say it... I REALLY hate to say it, but I think it would be a mistake to spend the $61k to open it this year, which may or may not work, then untold sums of money to replace or renovate it after the season. It just doesn't make sense and I get the sense the the council has all but made up their minds to replace it. They have royally botched the police situation, but in this particular case, I think the only feasible answer is to replace it now and save the money. I will miss the old girl.
rick troxell May 03, 2013 at 12:48 PM
This morning I acquired a copy of the Nazareth Borough Park Feasability Study. In 2004 it basicly said that exact same thing that we heard last night concerning the pool with the exception of approx cost of a new pool. It did however give some costs to repair and replace many of the issues discussed last night. 9 years ago. What did we not understand then? If anyone would like a copy of this report I would be glad to make a copy of it.
Buster Rhyno May 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
And why isn't the towns engineering firm, who specified this unusable filter, paying for this mishap????
Ben Miller May 03, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Now THAT is a good question. The only thing I can see standing in the way of the borough collecting from them is if the firm told the borough that they could not guarantee it would work with the old piping. Also, the borough's own head of public works said it wouldn't work ahead of time and there was that feasibility study done in 2004 that said it needed to be replaced or significantly altered. Plus, serious problems were identified with the pool in the 1990s as well and replacement was recommended back then as well. http://articles.mcall.com/1994-10-04/news/3013154_1_backyard-pools-rolling-repairs
Ben Miller May 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM
It goes back even further, to the early 1990s, when the Keller recommended that the pool either be cut in half or replaced.
Ben Miller May 03, 2013 at 02:33 PM
By the way... whoever wrote this patch article seems to have been at a different meeting than the other reporters or individuals I spoke to about the issue. This Patch article talks about how it could be reopened this year and puts a very positive spin on things, but that's not went down. Check out the Express's version- http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/nazareth/index.ssf/2013/05/nazareth_pool_must_be_replaced.html
Ben Miller May 03, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I was not at the meeting due to some medical issues, but I had a friend messaging me details and I spoke with two other friends who were there immediately afterwards. There is basically no chance the pool will open this year, the decision was already made. They are unable to vote on it at a work session, which is why the vote has to wait until Monday. I believe you are giving people false hope. Also, I heard the $2 million figure last night too. I mean no disrespect against you, however, the story is a bit skewed. That pool will be replaced.
Dino Ciliberti (Editor) May 03, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Hey Ben, I will have a lot of stories on this issue, so don't worry. I will keep everyone informed on all of the angles. This is just one of them. And since residents only have been told that the pool was closed, the fact that this option was thrown out was certainly worthy of reporting, especially first. I've got a poll question coming for everyone over the weekend and I'll have a story on how much a new pool will cost. And probably plenty more! Thanks for your comments!
rick troxell May 03, 2013 at 03:59 PM
At the mtg is was said that for 61,000.00 the pool could probably be open in early July by the consulting firm but with no guarantees and all monies would be lost when the needed permanent work was started. Also the warranty on the new filters would have started but if we don't put them into use the warranty will not go into effect until they come on line in the future. The actual fact is the pool is no longer repairable according to the firm and needs to be replaced. The 61,000.00 also did not bring the pool up to current ADA or ansi standards which would probably open the Borough up to law suits should any thing happen you would think. Which is odd because they were all mentioned in the 2004 study and ignored to this point in time. Sorta another public safety issue allowed to go not addressed. Many questions?
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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