• Community Swimming Pool Planning Meeting November 30
The Belleview option includes a pool area of 4,968 sq. feet at a cost of $1,712,575.

Community Swimming Pool Planning Meeting November 30

By Betsy Barnett

2021-11-17 07:11:48

The Town of Eads has set an important meeting date whereby the community can not only learn about the details being discussed concerning the building of a new swimming pool in Eads, but they can also give input on various details and elements of the project.

That community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30 at 5:30 pm at the Cobblestone Inn & Suites meeting room in Eads. Call the Town of Eads at 719-438-5590 for any pre-meeting questions you might have.

The Town of Eads held their regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday and welcomed Fritz Caspar, Executive V.P./Chief Estimator for Carrothers Construction Company out of Kansas. Caspar was very knowledgeable on the Eads project and presented their bid for design and amenities.

Caspar presented a couple of designs that was much more economical than the $3.5 million proposed a year ago. Both designs would include all of the architectural plans, designs, engineering specs, and site surveys. Caspar went on to say, “Our company can do all aspects of this project, or just the parts you choose.”

The overall basic elements for the Eads pool would include slabs 12” thick in the deep end and 8” thick in the shallower areas. All walls will be 2 feet deep. The work also includes vanished edges so the water flows around the rims appropriately.

The plans also call for a bathhouse to be built that will contain the standard dressing rooms and bathrooms as well as concessions area accessed from the outside as well as the inside.

The features for the pools are customizable and these will be some of the topics for discussion at the meeting on November 30 where the community can have input.

Two different designs are being examined including the Montezuma, KS model that was built a few years back and includes a pool area of 3,864 sq. feet with an approximate cost of $1,558.792. The other model is a larger one built in Belleview, KS with 4,968 sq. feet and costing $1,712,575. Both prices include the bathhouse and landscaping around the pool.

The Belleview model has a lap pool that is not available in the Montezuma model.

Both models, however, can have customizable features including slides, zero entry access, diving boards, and water playground equipment. Grass or turf or cement elements can be added around the pool area and also shade structures and seating will be decided. The company can even add lighting to the pool complex for night swimming activities.

The size of pool, the pool location, and the customizable features will be decided based on input from the community at the November 30 meeting.

Eads Mayor Shields informed Caspar that the Town is hoping to alleviate much of the costs of the initial dirt work, cement work and possibly the building of the bath house by using in-kind labor from the community. Caspar agreed that most of the initial work and definitely the bath house can be completed in this manner with the supervision of the Carrother’s crew.

Caspar went on to clarify that these pools have to meet the exact specifications in order to meet code and to be able to provide the Town with their patented 5-year warranty. The work inside the pool area has to be done by the company because everything has to be exact for the system to work correctly. Otherwise, the outside cement, landscaping and building can be done locally in order to save money.

Once the community has had their input on the project, the city council will analyze that input and make a final project plan with Carrother’s Construction Company. There’s no schedule available as of now, but more information will quickly become clear after the decisions are finally made.

Here is your chance as a community member to give input into what you would like to see for the new swimming pool. The Town may not be able to do everything everyone wants, but input is vital for them to be able to make the final plan. Attend the meeting on November 30 at 5:30 pm to help make plans for a wonderful new opportunity for our community.

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