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."