Mosby Pool will be completed in time for a few days of fun before school starts.
David Sheldon of Pool Management Incorporated, the company in charge of constructing the pool, said he hopes work will be completed by Thursday.
The pool will offer extended evening hours as long as the weather stays warm, city of Cleveland Parks and Recreation director Patti Petitt said during a Cleveland City Council meeting Monday.
Petitt said she hopes to have the pool open from 4 to 8 p.m. after school starts next Tuesday.
“As long as we have enough lifeguards, we are going to keep that going as long as we can,” Petitt said.
She also said swimming at the pool will be free, noting the normal fees for city pool use will be waived at Mosby this year.
Actual construction of the pool is complete, except for a few finishing touches. The pool has been filled with water, but Doug Caywood with The Lewis Group, who is working with the city on the project, said the pool pump systems have to run for 24 hours before the health department can inspect it.
“They will have to vacuum the pool and have the final pressure wash of the deck,” Caywood said. “They’ve made a lot of progress in the past two weeks.”
Sheldon spoke during the meeting.
“I’m not here to offer excuses or anything like that, just to say that we are moving forward to get people swimming,” Sheldon said. “We have guys working out there as quick as they can to iron out the final details.”
He said the project should be complete in time for the annual Gospel Explosion event to be held Saturday.
“We have had delays due to weather. I cannot control that. We had delays due to some permitting concerns issues that we didn’t anticipate, and that certainly put us behind. We had some issues with some underground water that we couldn’t control,” Sheldon said.
“The one thing I will absolutely take control on is delivery of product. We made a selection of a vendor and we had some struggles on delivery … that’s the one thing I can control.”
Local resident Michelle Goldston expressed concerns about the project.
“When we first discussed this during a meeting held in Mosby Park, a lot of residents expressed concerns wanting the pool back within the same area,” Goldston said. “In order to fill up the pool we still have to use a fire hose, because no hydrant was installed to bring water to the pool.”
The original pool was 12 feet deep, and the new one 10. Caywood said the change was a health department requirement.
Crews worked over the weekend to complete the project, causing some inconvenience for neighborhood activities and church services.
Goldston said she felt the company had been unprofessional over the weekend when equipment and the fire hose used to fill the pool blocked a church parking lot for a Saturday event.
“Not only did they do it Saturday, they did it yesterday [Sunday] during church service. Better yet, while they were having church service, a pressure washer was running outside the window,” Goldston said sarcastically.
She said rock and dirt from the pressure washing around the pool has washed into nearby church parking lots. Sheldon said efforts were made to work with the churches after they were notified of the Saturday event. He said the water was turned off Sunday morning and then resumed about 2 p.m. Debris from the projects was being cleaned up, he said.
Sheldon said $258,000 of what was paid for the pool has been “put back right here in the state of Tennessee with about $120,000 of that right here in the city of Cleveland through [using] vendors that were recommended to us.”
Plans are also being discussed as how PMI could offer something to the community as a way to make up for loss of swim time.
Sheldon had initially suggested his company provide swimming lessons.
Goldston said students would not be able to attend because they will be in school. She agreed to meet with Sheldon and Petitt to develop a suitable idea.
City council members have suggested a party to celebrate the completion of the project.