Last updated: July 24. 2013 11:45AM - 118 Views
T.W. ALLEN
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Work on the McKinley Pool now is complete, and children and adults across the city have been taking advantage of the facility in the remaining days of summer.
The city is not charging admission to the pool for the remainder of the season. The pool will close again shortly after Labor Day.
Malone Concrete LLC of Portsmouth was awarded the contract for the work on the pool at $45,500, which came in as the lowest bid.
New concrete has been poured. Crews also sand-blasted the sides of the pool to prep the surface for painting.
"They did not find anything out of the ordinary. No real big surprises. What we found is what we anticipated we would find. As a result the project went smooth," said city service director Chris Murphy.
A citizen placed a call to the Ohio Board of Health before the pool opened about contractors using the wrong color and type of paint for the pool.
"It was brought to my attention the Thursday prior," Murphy said. "I spent all day Friday conversing with the State Board of Health and providing them with proof we were in compliance and that the paint colors and makers was on the approved State Board of Health memorandum for approved colors and material."
The state puts forth guidelines and specific colors for pools to be painted. Certain colors can be used so they are able to identify if someone is on the bottom of the pool.
"With the delay of getting the pool open, the mayor made a promise to the citizens that we would open the pool once the project was completed," Murphy said. "Because of the fact it was done with a few swimming weeks left, we decided to go ahead and allow the public to use the pool at no cost."
A number of citizens at the pool have been taking advantage of the free admission. The service department expects to leave the pool open until after Labor Day. Most of the area schools will have opened by then.
"This is something we are excited about and are looking forward to many years of continued service of the pool," Murphy said.
For more information about the McKinley pool, call Portsmouth City Service Department at (740) 354-7766.
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