By JAY COMPTON
GM / Editor
You can add the Pineville City Pool to the list of area pools and water parks that may not be opening this summer.
Mayor Scott Madon informed the City Council at Monday’s meeting that there is a significant leak in the pool that city has been unable to find and repair.
“It’s a million gallons a month,” he said. “For us to operate the pool, Dustin has to go down there every morning and hook up a hose to the fire hydrant and fill it up. It loses that much water every night. We can’t keep up with it.
“If I had to give you a report today it would probably be that we’re not going to open it.”
Jacob Roan said they now believe the water is leaking from around the six lights around the sides of the pool and that the parts have been ordered to try and fix it. Those parts should be in by the end of the week.
Last fall the city spent $2,200 on pool repairs.
“They brought their scuba diving gear over and got in there and did tests with ink,” Madon said. “They patched it where they thought the leaks were, but we’re still losing water.”
Madon said trouble with public pools seems to be a common theme this year both locally and across the state.
The city of Louisville is closing all of its pools. In Barbourville, the water park is closed due to needed repairs and Middlesboro may also be closing its city pool this year.
“Right now it’s not looking good, but we’re going to try and see if we can spend just a little more money and fix those lights,” the mayor added. “I hate it because Barbourville is not going to be open this year and Middlesboro is looking iffy.
“If we can open we’ll have to look at adjusting our prices just because we’ll have such an influx of people wanting to come if Barbourville and Middlesboro end up closing.”
City Councilman Scott Jeffrey expressed his hope that the pool could be repaired and opened.
“I’ll be honest with you, you’re talking about a lot of mischief going on,” he said. “Bored kids will get into stuff. The pool keeps them active.”
It costs the city about $30,000 per year to operate the pool.
Madon said the city has every intention to open the pool as long as the repairs can solve the leak problem. He just wanted the council to be aware of the issue.
During his Main Street report, Roan said he has been conducting Community Development Block Grant surveys.
“It’s the first step in the process of us getting funds from the CDBG program to go toward the Courthouse Square infrastructure and streetscape project,” he said. “I have been going door-to-door. We have to interview the 45 people on the list we got from the state and some of them have been hard to track down.”
As of Monday, Roan said he had completed 29 of the 45 surveys and hoped to have the rest finished by Wednedsay.
Roan added that once that was finished with that he would turn his attention to booking bands for Main Street Live, the summer outdoor concert series that takes place downtown.
“Callie (Melton) has organized the PRIDE Spring Clean-up for April 27 and we’ll do Repair the Square on one of the following weekends after that,” he said. “This next month will be about cleaning up town and getting everything ready for the summer.”
Council member Alicia Slusher brought up the issue of an extra dumpster needed in a downtown alley running behind Pine Street.
“There are seven apartments that use that alley and there are only two garbage cans to accomodate everybody and the garbage in that alley is crazy,” she said.
“They need a dumpster and it would also help to have a dumpster in the alley between the Kentucky Avenue and Pine Street block,” Roan said. “Behind, say, Gem City Cakes. Somewhere back there.”
Madon said he would contact Poff Carting and see if at least a small dumpster could be placed in both alleys.
The council also approved the second reading of an ordinance adopting the recently codified City of Pineville Code of Ordiances.
June Ward addressed the council at the start of Monday’s meeting. She has approaced the coucil several times about getting E.J. Farris’s name removed from the bridge leading into Wallsend.
“It’s Wallsend Bridge. I wish you all would think about removing that name,” she said.
Madon explained that the bridge was named by the state, not the city.
“It’s not ours to remove,” he said. “It’s a state thing and we can’t get involved.”
He told Ward she would need to contact State Rep. Adam Bowling or Sen. Brandon Smith or possibly go through the Department of Transportation to have the name changed.