Adrian City Commission continues to focus on Bohn Pool’s future
ADRIAN – The future of Bohn Pool in Adrian continues to be a topic of discussion for the Adrian City Commission.
At the commission’s preparatory meeting on July 26, several ideas on how to repair or completely rebuild Bohn’s swimming pool were thrown around the table by commissioners, Mayor Adrian Angie Sword Heath and the administrator of the town Greg Elliott. At one point during the discussion, the discussions turned into a possible combination project of not only taking care of Bohn Pool, but also better approaching the city’s park system with the creation of a master plan. for parks.
Placing an entire Bohn Pool reconstruction project on an upcoming ballot was also discussed.
No action was taken.
The opening of the Bohn Pool for the 2021 summer season has been delayed after the discovery of structural and mechanical failures in the pool’s pump and filtration system. The pool only opened on July 18th. When it opened, the city came alive, according to Commissioner Brad Watson.
“When I was driving by the Bohn pool in the middle of the afternoon and saw so many towels dangling on so many chairs and children everywhere and people everywhere, it was as if the city absolutely existed,” said he declared. “And the city deserves some sort of upgrade. “
The Bohn Pool was built and opened in 1972, Watson said.
“She has a few miles and she did us well,” Watson said of the pool. “We have the opportunity and the financial situation to really get out of this, dig deep and see what we have on our hands.”
Elliott said the last time an investment plan for Bohn Pool was drafted was in 2014.
“Thinking about it, with regard to this year’s drama regarding the opening of the swimming pool, it occurs to us that perhaps the opportunity is to study the location of the swimming pool so that it be parallel – and we don’t lose a season, maybe two seasons of the pool while the renovation is underway, ”he said.
A prime location for the eventual construction of a new swimming pool would be at Riverside Park.
“Where the pool is right now is not the most optimal location,” Elliott said. “It’s in the water table and needs to have an inverted drain so the groundwater can back up when it’s empty, so it doesn’t lift the pool off the ground.”
Elliott drafted a request for quotation (RFQ) proposal for the commissioners, which outlined the city’s need for a community pool. The quote request did not specify whether the pool would be a complete replacement, or that the pool would be an outdoor pool. It is at the discretion and opinion of an entrepreneur to give the city a glimpse of which route would be best.
“This year has been kind of a wake-up call, I would say,” Elliott said, “in terms of what happened while trying to open the pool.”
Watson said he spoke to communities in Ohio, Napoleon and Bowling Green, and learned about their community pools and upkeep. Napoleon, he said, funded his new $ 4.2 million pool with a royalty, and Adrian has a population 2.5 times the size of Napoleon.
In order for the city to get a pooling measure in the next election ballot, all languages would have to be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, which all commissioners said would be nearly impossible.
Elliott, meanwhile, said the optimal timeframe for a possible ballot proposal would be November 2022, if that was the direction the commission was to take. By then, he said, the contractors would have been consulted, the public could have participated in the talks, and all parts of the city would have been told what to vote on.
Commissioner Lad Strayer, while agreeing that something needs to be done with Bohn Pool, said if such an investment were to be made by the commission, another such investment should be made with the parks from the city.
“If we’re going to make a big investment like this in Bohn Pool, I think it’s time we needed to make an additional investment in the parks,” he said. “… We can take the concept of the swimming pool and also integrate the parks into it. The project may seem too big, but it is worth discussing on the commission’s approach.
In particular, Strayer referred to the quality of the park’s toilets and concessions, which he said is lacking.
Earlier in the preliminary meeting, the committee also considered the feasibility of hiring a director of parks and recreation, a position the city has not had since 2013 due to budget constraints at the time.
The commissioners looked at projects such as pool maintenance and park improvement due to what they called the city’s strong financial base at the moment, as well as the amount of the city’s financial reserves and low interest rates.
“People come from outside the community to use our trails and parks,” said Commissioner Allen Heldt. “But people don’t want us to accumulate the money we have, they want us to provide them with quality of life services or amenities. A swimming pool is a very inexpensive form of entertainment that all of our kids love. I grew up on it, and that’s how I got into politics.