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Salina pools won't close

The town of Salina informed residents that none of its four pools would be permanently closed at an informational session at their Nov. 13 board meeting.

Rest assured, the pools aren't going to close, said First Ward Councilor Paul Carey.

The session was held to educate residents as to the current state of two of the town's pools, both of which are in need of some repair, and the town's options concerning that repair.

We're not here to threaten you with closing the pools, said Second Ward Councilor David Stott. We're trying to inform and educate the public. We're facing very serious infrastructure issues, and according to the mandate from last year's election, a large tax increase is unacceptable.

Supervisor Charles Iavarone assured those in attendance that the rumors that all four pools would be closed were false and any talk of pool closings had been blown way out of proportion.

Electronics Park pool

The first problem area discussed at Monday night's meeting was the pool at Electronics Park. Town engineer James Trasher advised the board at its last meeting that the pool was showing significant bowing on one side and could not be used safely until the reason for the problem was discovered and repaired. The town authorized the highway department to excavate the area around the damaged wall to determine what was causing that wall to bow inward six to eight inches.

The weld failed in several locations and restabilization is required, Trasher said. We recommend fixing the one wall and securing the pool for the winter.

Trasher estimated that the cost of this option would be somewhere in the $40,000 to $50,000 range.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner James Wemesfelder felt it would be money well spent.

For over 30 years, the pools haven't cost hardly any maintenance money, Wemesfelder said. Some of the pools, no money has gone into them since they were installed. I recommend we button up the project this fall. I'm confident it will be safe to swim in next year.

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