The Shawnee City Commission voted to beginning gathering information for the design and construction of the Shawnee Municipal Pool at their Monday night meeting.
This does not allow for construction, it only allows for plans to be designed, Director of Operations James Bryce said.
“We just need somebody to design it and carry us through construction,” he said. “It doesn’t mean we’re just going to go right out and build it.”
The decision comes after the pool was closed on Monday due to a water line break that was pumping sand into the water. Shawnee Parks employees went to vacuum the sand out of the pool and reached sand up to one foot high in some cases, Bryce said.
Bryce closed the pool because this causes a health problem, he said.
Shawnee employees have not yet located where the water line is broken, Bryce said. He added that it is not a spot that has been fixed recently.
He isn’t yet sure when the pool will be open again, but said it could be as early as Saturday, if the break is found quickly. However the breaks may continue, Bryce said.
“You fix that one, it moves,” Bryce said. “You fix this one, it might blow out elsewhere.”
The water level should be low enough Tuesday to find the current break, Bryce said. If they are able to find it, repair is estimated to cost about $300.
“My feeling is, if we can’t get it fixed this week, the pool probably won’t be open again this season,” Bryce said.