Council OK’s construction to Southside Pool
by Daniel Gaddy
Apr 04, 2012 | 1772 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Construction on Southside Pool is currently taking place, and Jasper officials have said the pool could be open to the public as early as May. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Construction on Southside Pool is currently taking place, and Jasper officials have said the pool could be open to the public as early as May. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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The Jasper City Council on Tuesday voted to receive a bid for $148,000 worth of construction to the Southside Pool project.

During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning, the council heard from Public Works Director Joe Mathews regarding an update on the project.

Mathews said the city has spent $110,000 so far and construction on the swimming pool is complete. However, the $148,000 bid is for work at the Frisco gym near the Southside Pool as well as a building to house changing areas, showers, lockers and a check-in area.

Mathews said the work at Frisco Gym, also called the Percy L. Goode Community Center, will include a brick facade in the front area of the gym as well as lights and a canopy over doorways.

Mathews said after the council pays for the renovations approved on Tuesday, city leaders will still need to invest around $20,000 for a pumphouse and slides for the pool.

Mathews said that when the project is complete, the city will have spent about $20,000 more than officials expected.

When asked about an opening date, Mathews said the pool could be open for the public by May and all landscaping and supplemental projects will be complete my mid to late June.

In other business, the council:

•Approved an ordinance to finalize a loan of $2,076,000 from First Bank of Jasper. City leaders have borrowed the money to pay for projects like the Southside Pool and Miracle Field, a baseball field designed for children with special needs.

•Approved the purchase of a new municipal software package at a cost of $125,000 after hearing a report from Jasper City Purchasing Agent Tommy Knight.

Knight said the price includes the software, data conversion, training, a new server and one year of technical support.

Since the city budgeted $170,000 for the project, Knight suggested the council approve the use of the remaining funds for a new telephone and computer wiring system in city hall as well as equipment like workstations, printers, scanners and additional software.