October 25, 2014

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Medina council moves to replace outdoor pool for about $1M

MEDINA — The city is moving forward with plans to replace its only outdoor pool.

Parks Director Jansen Wehrley told City Council’s Public Properties Committee on Monday that the city will advertise for bids on the project of renovating the pool at the end of this week.

The pool was closed in 2012 at Memorial Park on East Homestead Drive because of structural problems, including a leak in the return lines from the pool’s pump and a deteriorated pool liner.

In the bid advertisement, Wehrley wrote the city expected to pay between $800,000 to $1.2 million to replace the 6,000-square-foot pool.

“The budgetary numbers are based on the amount of surface area that we had discussed at a previous meeting,” Wehrley said.

“That is just letting the firms know what the range might possibly be.”

In May, Larry Brandstetter, of the Cleveland firm of Brandstetter Carroll Inc., told the committee the new pool would cost a little more that $1 million.

The deadline for bids is Aug. 22, Wehrley said.

The new pool is expected to be open by next summer.

Wehrley suggested the committee come up with a separate board to interview the architectural firms that bid on the project and to choose the winner “based on years in the business, technical ability, experience, availability to meet our schedule, their references and their proximity to the job site.”

Wehrley said the city will award the bid by Oct. 13, with construction beginning later that month.

Council authorized Mayor Dennis Hanwell to write the bid advertisement to replace the pool on May 28.

Originally, the city planned only to renovate the pool, but was turned off on the idea after Charles Whitmer, of InterPool Consulting, told the Public Properties Committee that more problems with the pool could surface within 10 years, whereas a new pool would last up to 60 years.

The pool likely will feature a graduated entry area, water slides and spray features, as well as a lap swim area.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.