Mount Pleasant officials must replace the water filter tanks at the town’s swimming pool or the facility is unlikely to open for the 2013 season.
The town board is expected to allocate $18,000 this week to hire Integrated Aquatics Engineering of Doyletown, Pa. for the estimated $340,000 project. Most of the work is being paid for through a recreation fund that developers contribute to when they build a project in town.
During the Oct. 2 work session, Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Harry Canniff told the board the tanks, which filter the water for the pool, have been patched up over the years but now need to be replaced. In his Sept. 27 letter to the town board Canniff wrote, “these repairs are not an option.”
“I do not have to explain to the board the difficult economic time that we are in. However, without this work being done the pool cannot operate in 2013,” Canniff stated.
Canniff, who told officials last week that there will be a UV filtration system component for the tanks, said $305,000 could be used from the recreation fund because installing the system would be considered an improvement to a town facility.
”You are improving the entire tank system,” Town Attorney Gerald Reilly explained to the town board why they would be able to use that money. “You are not maintaining it.”
Canniff said he wanted the board to hire an engineer as soon as possible because the project would require Westchester County Department of Health approval, which could take several weeks. It could also take about six weeks for the town to order the new tanks, he estimated.
Canniff said he wanted the new pool filters tanks to be installed by May 1, several weeks before the pool is slated to open.