New pool construction may see delays
by Matt Lasley Reporter
A lack of state approval may delay construction of the Leitchfield aquatic center’s pool, according to a representative from the Alliance Corporation of Builders and Managers.
Jan Brown, Program Administrator for Kentucky Swimming Pools and Bathing Facilities Engineering, has reportedly found 19 issues with the set of plans for the aquatic center’s pool, according to Lea King, Business Development and Public Relations Officer for the Alliance Corporation.
King attended the regularly-scheduled Tuesday, September 24 Leitchfield Tourism Commission meeting to give an update on the status of the aquatic center project.
King said the official set of design plans for the aquatic center were submitted to Brown in July.
Brown reportedly contacted the aquatic center designers on Friday, Sept. 6 to inform them of 19 issues she had found, including a number of code violations, King said.
According to King, the pool’s designers are currently in the process of responding to Brown’s objections, and the revised plans were “back in [Brown’s] hands” as of Monday, Sept. 23.
“Construction of the pool itself is momentarily stalled,” King said.
According to King, other pool projects with which the Alliance Corporation has been involved have encountered similar setbacks, and “three or four months” passed before Brown approved them.
King told the Commissioners she will inform them when the project receives state approval.
The Leitchfield aquatic center is currently still scheduled to open on May 14, 2014.
In other aquatic center-related business:
*During Tuesday’s meeting, Leitchfield Tourism Commissioner Angie Jones distributed to her fellow Commissioners a number of the possible names for the aquatic center that have been submitted by local students.
Jones said students submitted names in August as part of a contest.
If one of the student’s submissions is selected as the official name of the Leitchfield aquatic center, that student will receive a year’s worth of free aquatic center passes.
However, the Commission is not required to use one of the student-submitted names for the aquatic center, Jones said.
Leitchfield Tourism Commissioner Randy Pauley said because the aquatic center is a City project and to help boost City tourism, whatever name is selected should include “Leitchfield.”
The Commission opted to review the submitted names and decide on the aquatic center’s official name at a later date.
*The Commission approved $1.1 million in aquatic center-related purchase orders, which, according to Alliance Corporation Founder and CEO Tommy Gumm, will save $61,000 in interest fees.
*The Commission passed a motion to accept the price of road tile for the aquatic center from the state contractor, Hagan and Stone.
The price of the tile will be $17,156.10.
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