Bids sought for new pool
The De Soto City Council wrapped up paperwork requirements for the new municipal swimming pool last Thursday as it prepared for more concrete results by sending the project out for bids.
The Council approved rezoning the property behind the Community Center, 32905 W. 84th St., to a special use permit to allow for the new pool.
The pool's designer, Treadwell Jones of Larkin Aquatic, said he notified a long list of builders of the project and hoped seven or eight would respond with bids.
Increased construction costs prompted Jones and City Administrator Greg Johnson and the pool committee of Councilwoman Mitra Templin, city staff, park and recreation commission members and residents to recommend the pool be bid with several details in the proposed design considered "deduct alternates." Those features -- a vortex pool, family slide and vegetation planters that were to be placed around the pool -- could be included if bids came in low.
"The world is changing constantly," Jones said. "The market's been schizophrenic.
"I've seen some projects over, and some come in low. We need to bid it and see what the market says."
He and the city could work with a low bidder to locate savings should the bid come in high, Jones said.
The city had one hedge against that unpredictable market, Jones and Johnson said. If the bids all came in too high, the Council had time to re-bid the project and still finish the pool in time for the 2006 season, they said.
In a written report to the Council, Johnson said the city was seeking bids at a time contractors typically lined up work for the coming construction season. That could work to the city's advantage, he wrote.