After 29 years, the City of Anamosa is taking stock of the condition of their pool.
The city council unanimously approved hiring Water Technologies, Inc., to evaluate the conditions of the “aquatic components of the aqua court.”
Before discussing approval of the agreement, Regional Director of Project Development Matthew Freeby, made a presentation about what the company was all about. The company does between 25-75 pool evaluations a year, with nearly half of their business coming from public entities.
The goal of the study is to get a baseline for the current condition of the facility.
“We don’t come in with an idea of you should or shouldn’t do something,” he said, they just react to what the evaluation tells them.
He said he took a brief look at the pool through the fence, but would not have an opinion until the company conducted the inspection. The process, according to Freeby, includes an on-site visual inspection where they inspect the shell, gutter, equipment on the pool deck, filtration equipment and the chemical treatment systems, as well as talking to the staff at the pool to get an understanding of the issues they may see on a daily basis.
The “major areas” the study evaluates is whether the facility meets code and whether it is safe for its patrons. The company also looks at how the facility is to maintain and look at was that could be made easier, by determining what short-term and long-term issues could arise at the facility. The company then lays out what fixing the issues would cost so the city can prioritize.
When determining what to do with the information gained in the assessment, Freeby said it was important for the city to determine what they want to accomplish with any future renovations.
“If you don’t have that, it’s very difficult to hone in on decisions,” he said.
By defining goals, the city will also be able to curtail their costs by separating needs from wants.
With the pool at the age it is at, Freeby expected the shell would probably be good, but filtration system and piping could be at the end of their expected useful life.
The cost of the inspection is $9,850. Agreeing to a contract for the assessment does not tie the city to contracting with the company later for any future work on the pool.
The city had budgeted for the expense in the next fiscal year, and the evaluation will take place after the pool opens for the season, which is what Freeby said would be preferred. A draft of the assessment results is usually sent to the city after about three weeks.