Bids come back on fixing Middletown pool; $200K donation possible

Middletown has gotten five bids back on repairing the closed pool at War Veterans Memorial Park — and there is a $200,000 bequest on the horizon that will help to pay for part of the cost.

The city asked for bids on fixing just the main pool, just the kiddie pool, or both. Ray Palmer Associates of Dover, N.J. was the low bidder on all three counts — $964,200 just for the main pool, $353,120 for the kiddie pool, $1.26 million for both. The other bids ranged from $1.04 to $1.13 million for the main pool, $362,700 to $549,750 for the kiddie pool, and $1.35 million to $1.68 million for both. There were a few alternates — whether to do work on the bathhouse or not, some spray features — that’ll influence the final price.

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.

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 bid the work last year, but the lowest bid was $1.2 million, and the Common Council didn’t vote to borrow $450,000 more to bridge the gap.

So, they rebid the project, with the two pools separated, the idea being that they could do the main pool immediately and put off the kiddie pool. However, with someone offering to donate $200,000 toward the cost, the city will probably go ahead with both pools, said Mayor Joe DeStefano. He wouldn’t identify the donor yet, but said they were someone from “a well-respected Middletown family,” who grew up and owned a business here and lives in Florida now.

Recreation and Parks Superintendent Tom Elwood is reviewing the bids. The Board of Estimates will likely accept a bid at its April 9 meeting, and then it’ll go to the Common Council for approval the next week.

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