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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Bids expected on municipal pool

  • Shawnee residents will have an opportunity to see renderings of what the renovated Shawnee Municipal Pool will look like after its completion in 2014.
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  • Shawnee residents will have an opportunity to see renderings of what the renovated Shawnee Municipal Pool will look like after its completion in 2014.
     
    The renderings will be located at the center of the Shawnee Mall and at Shawnee City Hall, Director of Operations James Bryce said.
     
    In addition to the renderings being shown, residents can also look for the project to go out for bid in August. Bryce said he will request permission from city commission to go out for the bids to actually build the pool at the second meeting in August.
     
    If the commission votes to go out for bids, Bryce said he expects a bid award at the first meeting in October.
     
    At a previous city commission meeting, the commission pledged $3 million to the project. However the selected project has an estimated cost of $4.2 million dollars, more than $1 million dollars more than the city’s contribution.
     
    Pool Committee Chairman John Ayers has been working with members of the community, including Richard Finley, to raise the additional funds.
     
    “We’re frantically rushing to hit the community,” Ayers said.
     
    Ayers said he hopes to have the additional funds raised by the time the project is awarded, however if this isn’t the case and more money is raised after the project is awarded a changes can be made to extend the work on the project to include more amenities.
     
    “We’re just trying to avoid that,” Ayers said, adding he hopes to have the $1.2 million raised in time.
     
    “We’ve made some encouraging contacts,” he said, however Ayers declined to specify who might be donating, and how much those amounts may be without having something in writing.
     
    “The city’s doing its part and people in the community – like myself – are doing our part,” Ayers said.
     
    He emphasized he is confident the money will be raised.
     
    “There’s a lot of excitement,” Ayers said.
     
    Even if the money is raised, Ayers said he will continue fundraising efforts after the bid is awarded in order to create a benefit fund for the pool. The fund may be used to help low-income children have access to the pool, or other community needs, Ayers said.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - “Our first goal is to get the pool paid for, but beyond that, we also want to raise for after it’s finished,” he said.
     
    The original pool was built in the 1930s, and has had little renovation since. After closing for part of the summer last year, commissioners agreed to renovate the pool. The planned renovation will maintain the pool shell, as well as the exterior of the pool house. The interior will be renovated to include more office space and a boardroom for office meetings and birthday parties.
     
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