New Havens newly renovated Jury Pool has already run into maintenance problems, although most of the needed expenses will be covered by insurance.
The old pool was closed in 2008 because of safety concerns and growing maintenance costs. It reopened in June 2011 after an extensive $4.1 million renovation and expansion. The new pool area included a 3,431-square-foot Olympic-size pool, a 5,336-square-foot leisure pool and a large splash pad.
About eight weeks after the pool opened, park officials noticed that paint was peeling off of pool walls.
The situation had to be addressed this year, said Mike Clendenen, superintendent of New Haven Parks and Recreation.
We have had paint coming off both pools in various areas since the end of the first season, Clendenen said Tuesday.
The pool finishes were done by L&W Construction Co., in Lima, Ohio, but the city cannot go back to the contractor for restoration or restitution because the company has since gone out of business.
The company folded not long after the pool opened, Clendenen said.
As part of the original construction contract, the city was required to take out a performance bond. The bond agreement was submitted by L&W Construction and guaranteed the fulfillment of the contract through a third party – in this case, Ohio Farmers Insurance Co.
Ohio Farmers has agreed to pay $52,000 toward the pool repairs, which are expected to be less than $65,000, Clendenen said.
The work will be completed in the next few weeks, he said.
During a grueling three-year approval process, the cost and scope of the pool project changed numerous times before the New Haven City Council agreed to borrow the millions needed for renovations.
In 2011, Jury Pool was the only city-owned pool in northeast Indiana to show a profit. That year, the pool made about $30,000, thanks to its newness, very hot weather and 30 days worth of free chemicals – part of the construction deal, Clendenen said.
In 2012, the pool lost $645, and this year it may be closer to an $8,000 loss, because of an unusually cool and wet summer, he said.
All in all, those are not bad numbers, Clendenen said.
Not when considering in 2008 – the last season we had on the old Jury Pool – we lost about $65,000, he said.