City council OKs Phase II of pool planning
The Fairfield City Council unanimously approved a motion to initiate Phase II of planning for a municipal outdoor pool with Burbach Aquatics Inc. Architects & Engineers Monday night at city hall.
The move comes three weeks after citizens voted in the general election in favor of issuing as much as $3 million in general obligation bonds to build a pool and indoor gymnasium.
During the summer, the Pool and Recreation Facilities Task Force selected the firm for the pool replacement project should the community support the initiative.
While Mayor Ed Malloy said the city will not enter into a $3 million bond until the task force completes the majority of private fundraising, city administrator Kevin Flanagan said now is the time for planning.
“This is the next logical step,” he said. “It tells them [Burbach employees] they will be the ones to do the service for us when we are ready.”
Phase II with Burbach will involve the initial engineering and design of the pool, said Flanagan. The firm will be taking soil samples from the pool site to assess how the ground will handle the weight of the built structure. Burbach also will be working with French-Reneker-Associates to gather base survey information.
“We won’t build until the money is in,” said Flanagan. “We’re planning so we will be shovel ready.”
The task force estimates the overall budget for the project to be $10 million and, as of Monday, had secured $1,367,850 in private pledges and donations. Fundraising subcommittee chairwoman Jodi Kerr said they hope to raise the needed funds by April.
The task force first hired Burbach Aquatics in 2008 for an evaluation study of the previous outdoor pool, Phase I, which resulted in its permanent closure due to safety issues.
“We’re using Burbach for both phases,” he said. “They are very reputable.”
Flanagan said the council will discuss plans for the pool and gymnasium during the Dec. 17 council meeting.
“We’ll assess where we are on the projects, and decide whether to remain static or to do more preplanning,” he said.