Deep Dive into new pool


The Estherville municipal pool project has reached Phase II of three phases, four months after approving the continuation of an existing bond to fund the project.

Josh Layer of Burbach Aquatics in Platteville, Wis., on Thursday led board members through a review of numerous items related to the plans and specifications of the pool: entrance drive/parking lot, utilities, fencing layout and emergency gates, yard hydrants, reusable equipment, amenities, competition equipment, bathhouse, chemical treatment system, street lighting at the driveway, bid allowance and alternates, front entrance display case, landscape plan, photo control, outdoor lighting, pool area, waterslide and the building.

This work was necessary for the board in order for the plans and specifications to be ready for the council to set a public hearing and approve them before the notice to contractors goes out Jan. 28. Bids open 30 days later, Feb. 28, 2020, and the council will consider bids at its March 16, 2020 meeting. The council will award the contract for construction to begin April 1, 2020. The first concrete pour is scheduled for Aug. 1, 2020.

Layer made a presentation of a plans and specifications book with pages for site plans, paving marking plans for the parking lot, storm sewer and underdrains, the pool vessel, the mechanical building, an enclosed waterslide with 32 inch diameter, a climbing wall, the "Northwoods" water features including a polymer tree and bear and a larger, themed hoverpad; details of shower stalls, concession area, reception window, drinking fountains, plumbing, and electrical plans.

The process, scheduled for two hours, took four. At one point, city administrator Penny Clayton asked if she should order pizza. However, the board members asked numerous questions and discussed among themselves the finer points of a clear versus opaque climbing wall, whether the diving board should have entry at the back or the side, and which side, and which of several zero-depth water features would be most fun and cost-effective for the Estherville pool.

The specified timeline would result in the pool opening for Memorial Day weekend, 2021.

Board member Bob Jensen favored the Geyserino pool amenity, a vertical super-soaker that shoots water four feet in the air. Board members also agreed on the popular Splash-O-Lator, another vertical spray, and the Bubbler, a smaller feature, possibly more manageable for younger children.

For each decision, safety was a major factor. The pool project includes $23,000 in safety equipment.

At about 9:30 p.m., Layer said Burbach and its engineers would "kick out figures" for some of the changes and additions made. These figures would not change the pool budget nor the money spent beyond the funds coming with the bond issue and the expected capital campaign to pay for amenities beyond the bond funds. Burbach will create a project manual to accompany the plans.

Clayton has said the project comes with no new taxes for Estherville residents.

The next meeting of the Estherville Parks & Recreation Board will be today, Monday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m., the board's regular meeting to review the budget.


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