The Lloydminster Outdoor Pool will be undergoing a makeover with a budget of $350,000.
City council agreed to authorize the pool upgrades at their regular meeting on Monday, with the only “nay” vote coming from Coun. Larry Sauer.
“Back when we went over the capital budget ... I just felt that our overall costs, we’re sitting at 10 per cent now, and I feel that that needs to be lower,” he said. “(The pool upgrade) was one of the items that I felt was not as important as some of the other items that I felt took more of a priority. So I’m just staying true to form. I couldn’t vote for it. I didn’t then, so I didn’t now.”
The makeover includes upgraded pool liner membrane, underwater lights, new piping and drainage lines. The upgrades ensure that the pool will meet the standards set by Saskatchewan Public Health. Sauer says he felt that other infrastructure projects, including the expansion of the Russ Robertson Arena, had a higher priority.
“We had Saskatchewan Health come through and they wanted us to do some upgrades to our facility, so while we are doing the pool liner we’re going to do the rest of the upgrades as well,” said city treasurer Nicole Reiniger.
The city’s aquatics manager, Sarah Jenkins, said that the piping in the pool has been replaced over the years, but due to the scope of the new refurbishment, certain provincial standards had to be met.
Jenkins says a request for a proposal has also been put forward to build concrete stairs in the shallow end and add a slide to take the place of the diving board as part of the refurbishment. She says the city is waiting on businesses to submit bids and she hopes they come in on budget.
“We’re very excited to have this renovation,” Jenkins said. “Over the last couple of years it’s been in talks that we need to (replace) the membrane specifically because there were cracks in the bottom of the pool we were sealing every year. But to have a longer lifespan of the pool something had to happen.”
The renovations are expected to begin in the spring, with the pool planned to open in time for the summer.