Bloomfield Pool designs underway
The Bloomfield Pool Technical Review Committee (TRC) gathered together at the Bloomfield Fire Station before visiting the site with Gary Novitski, Vice President of RenoSys on Thursday afternoon.
RenoSys was the only design-build contractor to reply to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) which the town publsihed about a month ago with the help of Brian Bullock of Beam, Longest, Neff (BLN).
The TRC will make reccomendations to the town council, though final decisions will rest with the town council, according to Bullock.
If a negotiated plan is not able to be created with RenoSys, Bullock said the town would then open the RFQ back up for more responses.
However, Novitski said he will create two different drawings of the pool. One drawing will contain the zero entry access in the shallow end and will still include the twelve foot diving area. The second drawing will also have the zero entry in the shallow end, but will insteadmturn the twelve foot diving area into a more shallow area where a large slide, climbing wall or other activity piece could be placed.
RenoSys must have the proposal completed and submiteed to the town hall by May 5 at 4 p.m., Bullock said.
Although not all amenities will be able to be puchased and installed now, the TRC discussed making it possible to add extras later as more funds are available.
Novitski said taking out the twelve foot deep end would not only decrease plumbing and maintance costs, but also how removing the volume of water would make nearly everyting smaller and less costly.
“It’s basically dead water,” explained Novitski of the twelve foot diving area. “Only one or two patrons can even be there at a time with the diving boards, it’s not much bang for your buck. Equipment and pumps can be smaller.”
ADA compliancies, such as a chair lift, must be top priority, as well as replacing the gutter system and pool liner.
The ‘Z’ shaped pool will require multiple ladders and a separate filter if a splash pad is desired.
“The zero entry would just be so nice, for those who want to tan, little ones and their mothers. I think it might get the most use,” said TRC member Susie Schulte.
The project is in part funded by a grant from the Indiana DNR, with funds coming to around $400,000.
The most recent fundraiser at the American Legion in Bloomfield raised over $3000 selling Hi-decker sandwiches, according to Schulte.