Archive for Thursday, August 3, 2006

Pool slides may not be installed this year

August 3, 2006

The city is seeking bids for the installation of two slides for the De Soto Aquatic Center that may still entertain pool users this year.

The family and tot slides were taken off the contract with the pool's builder, Vanum Construction, when the bid to construct the pool came in higher than estimated. However, they were among the things to be added back in should enough money be left in the construction contingency fund.

That turned out to be the case, but another complication arose when the prices of the slides spiked. Brungardt was able to find another manufacturer with more affordable prices, but the slides weren't delivered in time for the pool's opening.

When the slides arrived last month, Brungardt told the De Soto City Council that Vanum Construction could return to install them but wasn't anxious to do so. The other option was to take bids from local contractors, he said.

After given the green light to pursue other bids, Brungardt received a bid of more than $10,000 to install the slides. That is more than he was authorized to pay without the council's consent, he said.

He will now get a bid from Vanum for the installation of the slides to take to the council.

It was thought the slides could be installed without closing the pool or a great deal of disruption of anything but the tot pool. But the delays raise the question of whether the work should be done this year, especially since it would probably be three weeks before the work could be done, Brungardt said.

"I would be disappointed if we don't get them installed this season," he said. "But it's a good question. I'll ask the council if we should wait."

At the Thursday council meeting, Brungardt will also present the final contract with LRM of Lawrence to pave the new parking lot west of the community center. The project will be paid for by the city's 2005 community development block grant.

That work will be scheduled for the third week in August, which is after school starts and when activity at the pool should start to slow down.

Finally, Brungardt said he was working with De Soto Parks and Recreation director Jay Garvin on specifications for bids to complete a 20-foot by 20-foot shelter near the pool, sidewalks to it and install playground equipment the city already purchased.

Disappointed the council chose to spend available CDBG money elsewhere, the De Soto Parks and Recreation Commission wants to pay for the projects from money in the park fund.

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