Mayor Buddy Rogers said, "I've been over at the pool all morning, and I've come up with a solution to repair it. The outside wall of the pool will be sawed straight and we will install rebar all the way around." Rogers' solution also includes, fixing the water line and installing new pipes surrounded by sand and chat. The inside of the pool will be patched, where needed, and sprayed with fiber glass paint for the liner.
Alderman Mike Harber said, "I'm concerned about the inner wall that they said was crumbling." Rogers said that the repairs included in his plan will fix the current issues. The solution will also help decrease the cost of water and chemicals used in the pool. There were water problems found, but they have been addressed.
Alderman Terry Tillman said, "I would like to see it get fixed using Mayor Rogers' solution, but continue looking into grants. I know sometimes there are strings attached with grants and hoops to go through, but maybe, in the future, we can see about receiving help to build a new pool."
City Clerk, Donna Martin, has been looking into obtaining grant money to repair or replace the pool. The Missouri Foundation for Healthy Living may be one grant provider. "They told me about the process of applying for a grant. It may take us some time," said Martin. One requirement of the grant is to prove that, receiving the grant will increase health benefits of the community.
Alderman Bob Grimes said, "I would hate to put a bunch of money into fixing it, just to find out it will not work. I think we need to put a limit on what we will spend on the repairs before we agree to work on the pool." Rogers addressed this and said that the solution will cost approximately $20,000.
The grants discussed in the meeting are issued between May and November. In order to get the pool up and running for the 2013 summer, the council voted to approve Mayor Roger's solution provided no more than $20,000 is spent.
The city parks department has already begun work on the pool. Supervisor Van Garrison collaborated with Mayor Rogers on the repair plan. The city wants to do all it can to have the pool back open to the public.
The council briefly discussed the airport project, which began on Monday, Oct. 22. Bishops Construction Company, of Marionville, is filling in cracks on the runway, a job which will take approximately one week. The construction crew will return in the spring to seal the runway.