New American Legion Pool Manager Rhonda P’Pool said, “This is about the worst I’ve seen the pool in a long time weather-wise, but we are going to see about taking the chunks out and seeing about patching it.”
On May 3, P’Pool, Humphries and County Facilities Manager Randy Wade assessed needs and the current situation at the 76-year-old pool.
Humphries said that the county planned to use road-building equipment, including a Gradall to clean debris from the pool. “The prisoners are supposed to help with the cleanup. Once that is complete, we will work with a local contractor in an advisory capacity about how best to patch the pool and put a sealant on the floor.”
The Judge added that he hopes work will be complete for the pool to open around the end of this month. He said he did not know an estimate of the cost of the repairs as the scope of damage is not yet known. Humphries added that the use of inmates for the project would save the county some money on repairs. Trigg County Fiscal Court has contributed $5,000 since at least 2002 to help the pool repair and open for the season. In fiscal year 2006-2007, the county contributed an additional $2,500.
“The county has a responsibility to assist with a place for the youth to be in summer months. The pool is a way to give them something to do. It’s money well spent,” said Humphries.
P’Pool said that the swimming pool will be open its usual schedule, from 11 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 through 4 p.m. on Sundays. She said that rates would remain $4 per day per swimmer with children three and under swimming for free. Families may purchase a season pass for $200, with individual memberships costing $95 for adults and $90 for children. Parties from 5 through 7 p.m. may be booked for $95 for less than 25 people, $105 for 26-50 swimmers, $125 for 51-72, 76-100 for $140 and $160 for more than 100 guests. The pool also plans to offer individual and group swimming lessons, though no date has been set for instruction.
According to P’Pool, the swimming pool will need a total of four or five lifeguards. She said that one lifeguard from last year has agreed to return with a second considering the offer. Last year’s assistant pool manager has also been contacted about returning to her duties but has not committed yet.
Read this report on the American Legion Swimming Pool in its entirity in the new Cadiz Record.