Delayed Shelby Pool renovations set to begin after Labor Day

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After four years of discussions and planning, improvements to the Shelby Aquatic Center are moving forward.

The city council on Monday approved the financing of the project and the selection of a construction company.

Sossamon Construction Co., based in Gaffney, South Carolina, won the construction contract for a total cost of $2.37 million.

City Manager Rick Howell said when the city began reviewing the project, the original budget was around $1.4 million.

“Obviously, construction costs have skyrocketed over the past four years,” he said.

There were two bids and Sossamon Construction was the lowest bidder.

According to city staff, official construction bids were received in June and the lowest bid exceeded the projected dollar amount of $2.59 million due to the current market for materials and labor. work.

The city was able to work with the consulting firm to identify some savings that they felt would not compromise the project.

Funds for construction will come from the natural gas fund reserve.

The city had previously approved funding of $107,000 for the engineering and design, which was carried out by CHA Consulting.

Howell said the pool is 26 years old and has deteriorated significantly over the years and is losing up to 57 gallons of water every day.

“This project is needed,” Howell said. “Work would begin as soon as possible after Labor Day.”

The Sharks Aquatic Club swim team recently held two major swim meets at the Shelby City Park pool.

He said the city park hopes to open the pool by Memorial Day 2023, but with current delays in materials and delivery, that cannot be guaranteed.

Initial plans called for the addition of a waterslide and a shade structure, but both were rejected due to cost.

Shelby City Council last year approved a preliminary plan to make improvements to the competition pool, paddling pool and pool facilities.

In the plan presented to city council last year by CHA Consulting, improvements were recommended to include a new running lane, belly bands and touch crosses at the park’s competition pool. This pool would also be redone and closed and its filters would be replaced.

“The planning of this project has been very careful to ensure that the 26 year old facility is returned to its original condition as best as possible while addressing many issues including sealing leaks, resurfacing swimming pools , replacement of the concrete deck, new roof shingles, elements related to the functionality of the traffic system, and multiple aesthetic upgrades to worn equipment,” said Charlie Holtzclaw, director of parks and recreation, in a memo to city council, “The project is expected to begin in early September and be completed in May 2023 in time for opening.”

The Sharks Aquatic Club swim team recently held two major swim meets at the Shelby City Park pool.

As part of the facility growth plan, the city park hopes to actively pursue partnerships with the hospitality industry to host more regional sporting events and use the pool as a tourist attraction.

Rebecca Sitzes can be reached at [email protected]

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