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Algonquin officials considering Lions Armstrong Memorial Pool painting project

Pool has not been painted in 15 years

The Algonquin Committee of the Whole will consider whether to move forward with a contractor hoping to paint and sandblast the Lions Armstrong Memorial Pool.

The pool, 599 Longwood Drive, has not been painted in 15 years, according to village documents. The committee will take up the matter at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive.

Village staff recommended awarding the $54,800 contract to Pecover Decorating Services Inc. If approved later this month by the Village Board, the company will repair the basin.

“Complete sandblasting and repainting of the facility has not been performed in approximately 15 years,” recreation superintendent Katie Gock said in a message to the village manager. “Spot repairs and additional paint applications have left the basin with several layers of paint, which flakes into the water, causing additional operating costs (chemicals, reduced life expectancy of mechanicals, etc.) to maintain water quality at the facility.”

She said a properly prepared basin and regular maintenance intervals are expected to “significantly decrease” costs in the future.

The allocated amount for this project is $40,300, which was increased because of third-party assessments at the facility completed earlier this year, according to village documents. About $15,000 will need to be transferred to the outsourced maintenance budget from the salaries budget.

“There is ample capacity ... available to fully fund this project,” Gock said, adding that the availability of funds can be attributed to weather closings and effective staffing management.

The pool provides seasonal swimming and programming opportunities for the community. The facility features a 1-meter spring diving board, a lap pool, an interactive splash pad area and a deck with lounge chairs.

The pool closed for the season
Sept. 2.

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