The city council accepted the bid of $79,939.30 for the gutter system from RenoSys, the same company who already has the contract for the stainless steel installation work. This brings the total price tag on pool repairs to $139,484.
“This will take care of all the problems, and it's actually a little cheaper than what we first thought - it's practically a new pool,” said street department manager Leeman Moyers.
The pool has been a top priority to the city since it was discovered that the pool’s gutter system, which is embedded in the foundation, had rotted out in many places.
The company contracted was originally hired to install a PVC membrane and stainless steel skirt. However, when the company started the repairs, they found the gutter system in horrible disrepair and said it was not salvageable. The company concluded there was no way the skirt could be installed until the other problems were addressed.
Moyers had stated at a previous council meeting that the 45-year-old pool has been losing water for some time and the gutter system seemed to be the source of the problem. He had researched prices for a new pool and the cheapest one he found had a price tag of more than $400,000.
The council voted at their Feb. 7 meeting to transfer the funds originally intended for the Lincoln Softball Field lighting system to assist the $60,000 already set aside for the repairs.
Moyers said he spoke with the company about the time line on repairing the pool and he said a representative from the company estimated about three weeks to build the gutter system, with an opening date around Memorial Day weekend.
In other action, the council voted to table a request from Curtiss Shewmaker, who was asking for permission to hook up 10 houses outside city limits to the sewer system.
Council decided to table the issue due to the fact they didn't know much regarding the situation. Further, the council intends to have Shewmaker, as well as a engineer from the city, in attendance at the next city council meeting to gather info.
In a letter addressed to the city council, dated Feb. 9, Shewmaker was requesting permission to allow the hookup of ten house lots to be located on the Belt Line, to the Middlesboro waste water system. The property lies just outside of the city limits.
Shewmaker stated in the letter that his housing development would be responsible for paying the tap fee, cost of boring beneath the Belt Line, pay for all cost to perform a wet’ tap into the force main, install a lift station which will pump the water into the forces main, and maintain that force main and lift station in perpetuity at no cost to the city.
“The way he explained it to me is that he’s going to build ten houses and sell them and he asked me if we would maintain the pump station and I said no,” said city sewer line manager Jim Anderson. “He then said he would but if he sells the houses, ten or twenty years from now, are they going to maintain that pump station?”
One of councilman Dewey Morgan's biggest concerns was if the city was to do this for one person, then perhaps others would expect to have them do the same favors as well. He further asked what the city's capacity is at the sewer plant.
Safety director James Pursifull said he believed the plant was reaching it but not at capacity just yet. Anderson added that the 10 house addition wouldn't be any danger of pushing the plant to its capacity, however, Morgan added that a few houses here and there could push the plant in that direction.
“The key is it is going outside city limits and there is still a lot of construction going along 25E,” said councilman Gary Mills. “We need to make sure we take care of ourselves.”
During committee reports, Morgan brought up several concerns, including a problem with chickens in an East End neighborhood.
Morgan said he has had several complaints that chickens are running wild in the area, destroying some property and no one seems to be claiming the birds.
“Usually, in this kind of complaint, no one will admit the chickens belong to them,"” said codes enforcement officer J.C. Meredith.
Councilman Randy Ball commended the Middlesboro street department on their hard work in keeping the roads clear during the weekend snows and all the work the department is doing on cleaning up the ditches and canals in the city.