Middletown has decided to delay accepting a bid to fix the War Veteran’s Memorial Pool, so they can look into repairing the main pool now and the kiddie pool later.
The pool at Fancher-Davidge Park, the largest of Middletown’s municipal pools, has been closed for the past three summers because it was leaking and had structural problems. There are four bids to repair it, and the lowest, at $1.2 million, is still about $450,000 more than what the city had planned to spend.
The city has a $400,000 state grant for the project, and has already set aside about $500,000 of its own money for it — they’ve borrowed $400,000 and plan to use another $100,000 from a reserve account, said Mayor Joe DeStefano.
The Common Council put off a vote on borrowing $450,000 more Tuesday night, instead deciding to ask the four bidders to extend their bids for another 30 days, while the city looks into whether it can legally separate the kiddie pool project from the larger pool without having to rebid the whole thing.
“Either way we go, we’ll be doing the pool,” DeStefano said. “It’s just a question of whether we do it in phases or not. I support doing it in the current structure of the budget.”
City officials hope to have the larger pool, at least, done and open in time for next season.