Nevada City officials consider plan to replace Pioneer Park swimming pool shell |

Nevada City officials consider plan to replace Pioneer Park swimming pool shell


What: Nevada City Council meetings

When: 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month

Where: Nevada City City Hall, 317 Broad St., Nevada City

Renovation plans for the Pioneer Park swimming pool, slated to begin in September, have been pushed back due to the unexpected high cost, Nevada City officials said.

“We have funding for $125,000 through the state grant. It’s just not enough, because the bids came in too high,” said City Engineer Bryan McAlister.

The City Council of Nevada City on Wednesday will consider a motion to reject all bids on the swimming pool structural repair and direct staff to prepare a funding strategy for a plan that would completely replace the pool shell.

The original project included plans to resurface the deteriorating swimming pool shell, which would fix cracks that have caused water leaks. The project would have extended the life of the pool by 10 to 20 years.

City officials anticipate spending $209,000 for the project. They had applied for and received $125,000 of funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

The staff received a bid of $344,411 from Tricon Aquatics and a $382,350 bid from Waterworks Industries.

City staff is recommending the city council to seek an alternate plan to completely replace the swimming pool shell, which hasn’t been done for 80 years. A new pool shell would cost the city $500,000 to $600,000, according to a staff report. It would extend the life of the pool by an additional 20 or 30 years.

“Instead of structural repair, which is labor intensive, we are thinking of doing a replacement, which is spending more money on materials, but it’s not as labor-intensive,” said McAlister. “It’s a different design approach, and we think it might last longer.”

It’s too early to tell at this point whether the plan will impact use of the swimming pool in the summer, but McAlister said the goal is to get the project done so the pool schedule is not affected.

In other business on Wednesday, council members will consider a proposal from the Nevada City Farmers Market Association to hold six certified farmers markets in Robinson Plaza in winter and spring.

If approved, the markets will fall on the first Saturday of each month from December 2016 to May 2017.

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To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email, or call 530-477-4236.

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