Marble Falls Parks board mulls swimming pool funding
December 09, 2013, 6:43 pm by Emily Zendt
Limited funding and essential big ticket repairs are forcing the Parks and Recreation Commission to get creative to fund improvements to keep the city pool operational following the failure of a voter bond for a new aquatics center.
The existing 40-year-old pool, built in 1973, requires several repairs to its pump room, the heart of the facility, to keep it up and running.
"It’s metal repair for the most part, and resealing the metal,” said Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss.
On the wish list of repairs, in addition to the pump room, is a new diving board and in-pool lights although a tight budget may not allow for all of the improvements at once. The Commission considered making the repairs in a piecemeal fashion and even discussed closing the pool for a summer at a meeting Monday.
The repairs total $40,000 — about half of the commissions annual allocation of $10,000 for capital improvement projects (CIP). The commission considered taking money from the maintenance and operation fund, which allocates $11,000 for general pool maintenance this fiscal year, to fund the improvements.
Both of the funds come from the same source, although they have different guidelines for use.
Although use of the CIP funds for the pool is legally acceptable, Commissioner Bob Fallis and Chairman Dave Rhodes said they would like to see the CIP money used for new projects with more longevity. The commissioners also discussed the need for clarification from council in regards to the guidelines for the use of the different funds.
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