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Plans for $2.7M pool presented to Nitro panel

By Marta Ree Tankersley

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt presented plans for a $2.7 million city pool complex to replace the existing pool on Park Avenue at a City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The existing pool was built in 1964 and annual maintenance costs the city about $20,000 a year, according to Casebolt.

"If the pool opens next year," he said, "I'll be surprised."

There are numerous problems, including the filtration system, bathhouse and there's a possible leak, Casebolt said. The estimated cost to tear down and replace the pool is $1.9 million.

After the meeting, Casebolt said a phased construction plan for the proposed pool over 40 years could cost the city about $80,000 to $90,000 a year, or about $3.2 million to $3.6 million. A nonphased construction plan brings that number down to $2.7 million, he said.

Revenue estimates are $125,000 annually.

"We need to look at these plans and prioritize, in order to be fiscally responsible," Casebolt said.

The plans, designed by Markey and Associates Inc. of Kennesaw, Ga., include a lazy river, shallow pool with slides, 150 and 200 feet slides with a deceleration pool, bathhouse, concession stand and a pickle ball court, according to the mayor. Pickle ball is a game that combines ping-pong and badminton and is appropriate for a wide range of ages, even seniors, said enthusiast Marie Terry.

The plans were sent to the Recreation Committee for review.

"We are looking at different funding options," Casebolt said, "but ultimately, the citizens will decide if Nitro will have a city pool or not."

In other business, the city approved a $4,890 bid from Dunbar Printing and Graphics for production of 4,500 2014 calendars.

Dunbar Printing also was selected to provide 3,500 monthly municipal service-fee invoices for $966 a month.

Dunbar Printing has provided services to Nitro for years, said Rita Cox, the city's recorder.

Also at the meeting, council members adopted a new Fire Department Policy Manual, which deals with personnel issues. The manual had not been revised since 1982 and is effective immediately.

In new business, council members unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading that deals with rates and charges for stormwater services conducted by the Nitro Regional Waste Water Utility. According to attorney Steve Chambers of the law firm Jackson Kelly, the ordinance "updates and clarifies existing provisions" and deals primarily with the West Side of town, near Nitro High School, where sewage and sanitation are combined.

This action was triggered by the construction at the high school where hundreds of thousands of gallons of storm drainage will be added to the wastewater system, the mayor said.

The proposed surcharge would be applicable only to new construction with a surface area exceeding 1,200 square feet.

Casebolt presented the city's economic plan, which recommends the city act to transform conflict into consensus, focus on community aesthetics, improve infrastructure, undertake planning for tomorrow and focus its development efforts.

Councilman John Montgomery reported that the Home Rule Committee is continuing to develop proposals and welcomes public comment. Home Rule is a type of governing charter that determines what municipalities control.

Lastly, Rich Hively, president of the Nitro Historic Commission, reported on work to hang banners downtown and developing a commemorative booklet about the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge. The booklet is available for $5 at area businesses, he said.


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