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Waynesboro Council votes to have pool projects rebid

September 19, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Bids that exceeded estimates for part of the renovation of the community's public swimming pool caused a row among members of the Waynesboro Borough Council Wednesday night.

The bids and the work being done on the main pool renovation project at Northside Pool have presented no problems, council members said. The problems lie in the bids to redo the bathhouse, its roof, showers and restrooms. The bids came in at $245,000. The estimate was $203,000, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Councilwoman Vicki Jo Huff, the council's representative on the borough's pool committee, asked the council to support the committee's recommendation to award a $20,000 bid for bathhouse plumbing.

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Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon moved that it be rejected.

"You're going against the pool committee's recommendation," Huff said. "You won't get a better bid."

Huff also suggested that the council give the pool committee permission to seek donations from local businesses and individuals for the pool project.

That brought Council President Douglas Tengler into the fray.

The borough received an $850,000 state grant to redo its pool. Another $120,000 is coming from federal Community Development Block Grant funds for a total of $970,000 plus another $10,000 in earned interest. He said he couldn't ask for donations when the borough has $970,000 in grants.

"You've already spent $700,000 on the pool renovation, $50,000 on engineering fees and $50,000 on electrical work," Tengler told Huff.

Other work already done, some of which he called "frivolous," leaves the council with $135,000 to finish the job, he said.

Hamberger said the grants call for the new construction to meet all federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. If the borough runs out of money it will have to either raise it or borrow it to finish the project, he said.

"We can't stop it now. If we do we may have to pay back the $850,000," he said.

The council voted to rebid bathhouse and the plumbing projects.

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