Kids and adults may be able to take a better Oakdale Plunge by May when the pool traditionally reopens for the summer season.
The Glen Rose City Council on Monday night voted to award Blue Thumb pool company a $181,800 contract to excavate the old pool, which is cracked and leaking, and replace it. The deep end will be even deeper to allow for a diving board. And the wall separating the deep and shallower ends will be rebuilt to legal standards.
The council considered two bids for two alternatives — replacing the pool or installing an “overlay” that would have allowed the existing pool to remain by fitting another pool form inside it. However, that option would have made the pool narrower and shallower and not allowed for a diving board.
The competing bid was from SWP Construction.
Gary Ivy, Oakdale Park manager, presented the bids to the council and outlined each one's pros and cons. Other options the council considered, but which would have cost more money, were building a six-foot-by-six-foot concrete island in the pool's shallow end, with a fountain jetting from it, slides and an umbrella fountain for the toddler wading pool.
The council decided to stipulate that the pool be plumbed to allow for those additions at a later date.
Time is of the essence because Oakdale's pool traditionally opens Memorial Day weekend. The pool is Oakdale's single largest money-maker.
In other Oakdale-related action, the council approved the “action plan” Ivy presented last month. The major theme coming from a recent town hall meeting about Oakdale's direction and Ivy's plan is to preserve the nostalgic feel of Oakdale's original part as much as possible.
The council voted to instruct City Secretary Peggy Busch to take a $250,000 certificate of deposit that will expire on Jan. 21 and that was not earmarked for any particular expenditure and transfer the money to Oakdale's renovation expenses. About $382,000 is left in the bond money designated for Oakdale, she said, and about $341,000 in income is in the Oakdale account from income generated by the park.
Ivy said pool work could begin as early as next week, depending on the weather.
“The commitment from the pool companies is they feel they could have it ready by the first of May if they could get started immediately,” Ivy said.
The other priorities he plans to move on quickly are fixing the utilities, getting road work done — chipseal can't be laid until the temperature reaches 70 degrees, he said — and repairing the outdated bathrooms.
“That's about all we can do until we get to the big season,” Ivy said. “You won't have dusty roads, you'll have (RV) sites properly sized and water and sewere. It will make a very good impression on visitors for the coming year.”