"In the interim, there are some projects at Valley Park that are pressing, and I'd like for us to move forward with those because they're time-sensitive," said commission President Joe Haynes. "We have some work with the wave pool that needs to be done as soon as we can get to work on it."
According to Williamson, parts of the pool need to be resurfaced and long-term mechanical repairs need to be made to its pumps, which will allow the park to treat and keep the pool water for up to three years and avoid the number of temporary fixes it has to do after every swim season.
"Right now, because of the shape the pool is in, I am required to dump the pool every year to do patches -- 'Band-Aids' -- and piece it back together. It costs us $5,000 to fill it up, plus thousands of dollars in chemicals for the startup," he said.
"It's hard on the pool itself because it's sitting on a high water table, and with the freeze-thaw action of winter, it actually pushes that pool out of the ground, which compromises the structure even more. After 30 years, that pool has lived its life, and we need to do some work to it now."
It will cost an estimated $125,000 to repair the wave pool and $65,000 to repair the road. Parks and Recreation is also restoring Hometown Park, which was damaged by the derecho last year, and has completed a 25-acre nature park in Red House that sits on land deeded to the county by late resident Norman Walter.
Williamson attended the regular commission meeting Tuesday to give a quarterly financial report. The commission has requested all of the county agencies it funds to submit updates at its meetings, which County Manager Brian Donat said was partly in response to the Putnam County Health Department's recent financial problems.
"Recently, with the Health Department and other things, the commissioners wanted to make sure they're aware as soon as possible of how things are going with these agencies," Donat said. "It's also a good way to keep up to date with what's going on with the different agencies, what events they may be having or what new occurrences they're dealing with."
The next County Commission meeting will be Aug. 27 at 9 a.m., and several county agencies, including the Health Department, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Development Authority will present their quarterly financial updates.
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