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Elgin set to issue $1.4 million in contracts for two big pool projects

Updated: March 15, 2014 6:19AM

ELGIN — The city council Wednesday night unanimously approved awarding a $864,605 contract to construction company F.H. Paschen of Chicago for repairs and renovations to Wing Park Pool on the city’s west side and a $572,640 contract to Trane Commercial Systems of Willowbrook to replace the ventilation system for the indoor pools in The Centre downtown.

Late last summer, major pump issues led to a July 28 closing of Wing Park pool. Staff had recommended during the fall budget process that the pool — which had last been remodeled 13 years ago — remain closed in 2014 due to the extent of repair work needed, with residents still having the indoor pool at The Centre and Lords Park pool on the city’s east side.

The council did decide to have staff look at ways to expedite the work so the facility could open by early July, although members were skeptical the pool could be open by then, given the nature of the outdoor job, this winter’s weather and a likely wet spring.

City Manager Sean Stegall said that historical averages for weather indicated the job could be done in the chosen time frame.

The largest part of the project will be refinishing the pool vessel, with work including sandblasting to remove the old paint and caulk, defects in concrete being patched, two coats of epoxy pool paint applied, all joints in the pool and on the deck recaulked, and pumps replaced.

Other items to be included are a new epoxy flooring in the bath house, a replacement diving board, installation of a lift that complies with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and concrete repairs, slide resurfacing, a replacement pool heater, replacement pool filter media (sand), railing repairs and painting, and replacement valves. General obligation bonds would be issued to pay for the work.

Better air

As for the aquatic center at The Centre, trouble with the ventilation system currently includes the inability to control moisture or to provide cooling during the summer months, and a recent failure of the unit’s fan, negatively impacting the air quality.

For now, staff is just making emergency repairs, at least until April. Park development funds would be used to pay for the work after that.

Once the weather gets warmer, “temperatures and humidity within the pool area will become very difficult to maintain. Staff is currently estimating that this project will be completed in late May,” supporting material for the meeting stated.

The Centre opened in December 2002. Three indoor pools in its aquatic center include an eight-lane, 25-yard lap competition swimming pool; a zero-depth-entry leisure swimming pool with slide and attractions; and a warm-water therapy pool.

Prior to the vote, competitive swimmers Rebecca Jensen and Ed Marsh addressed the council to express their concerns about current conditions at The Centre’s big pool and the need to get repairs made.

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