Nevada City council postpones Pioneer Park pool project |

Nevada City council postpones Pioneer Park pool project

The Nevada City Council approved Wednesday night to table the city’s Pioneer Park swimming pool rehabilitation project until fall 2016, directing City Manager Mark Prestwich to seek funding for the development project in the interim.

“We will leave no stone unturned in finding funding for the project,” Prestwich said. “There are several grant opportunities out there that we will look at, and once we find substantial options we can bring those back in a proposal back to the council.”

On Wednesday, Parks and Recreation Supervisor Dawn Zydonis gave a presentation to the council about the pool, which was built in 1935 and last fully renovated in 1983.

Over the years, the city has repaired the community pool, installing stainless steel gutters, a new filtration system and pump room, and reconstructed bathrooms. In 2009, the pool’s filters were replaced, along with new stall doors in the bathrooms.

Concerns persisted, though, due to loose debris often being found at the bottom of the pool. The city also observed excessive water leakage in recent years, according to city documents.

To address those concerns, the city contracted Neil O. Anderson and Associates, a firm with commercial pool experience, to examine the pool and make structural recommendations.

The firm found that issues with the pool were due to the city annually draining the pool over the winter months, exposing it to freezing temperatures that caused cracking, according to the firm.

“What we would do is leave the water in and heat the pool,” Prestwich said. “The professional advice is we should begin with a new pool surface, but we’d leave the pool filled over the winter seasons in the meantime.”

A $221,000 rehabilitation project was suggested that would extend the pool’s life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, though, council members approved city staff recommendations Wednesday that the project be postponed to figure out funding.

“Staff recommends we wait till fall 2016,” Zydonis said. “We can look for additional funding options in the meantime, and hopefully there’s some grants out there, or alternative funding so we won’t have to ask for all of the funding to come from Measure L.”

During public comment, Linda Chaplin, a Nevada County resident and proclaimed frequenter of the pool said it is an incredible resource to the community.

“I would like you to put whatever reparations and renovations at the top of your recreation budget because I think it’s well worth it, and used extensively by many people in the area,” Chaplin said.

Council members also discussed the city’s second quarter financial reports, which were presented Wednesday by Assistant City Manager Catrina Olson.

According to the report, the city’s cumulative cash total has increased by $300,000 in the past year, going from $2.9 million in December 2013 to $3.2 million in December 2014.

In other business, council members held a public hearing to discuss the potential application of funding for the city’s micro-business program under the State Community Development Block Grant Program.

The city council also approved to extend an interim bed-and-breakfast ordinance that was adopted on Jan. 14, and prohibits the establishment of new B&Bs in residential zones. Prestwich also announced there would be a special city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, dedicated to discussion around B&B and vacation rentals in the area.

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