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Published December 13, 2011, 10:33 PM

$1.25M Needed to Repair EGF Pool

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The East Grand Forks pool needs to meet state health codes before it can open next season.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The East Grand Forks pool needs to meet state health codes before it can open next season.

But those aren't the only costly repairs the pool needs in the near future.

All recommended upgrades to the city pool are estimated to cost just over $1.25 million.

But to open for the summer, the city needs to put at least $22,000 into pool projects.

"It's a very evasive type project. It replaces everything except the actual building structure itself," EAPC architect Wayne Dietrich said.

Recommended repairs to the East Grand Forks pool would replace nearly everything and it has forced the city council to make a big decision.

"I mean, is it going to look new? Is it something we can be proud of as a community? Because it certainly isn't something we're proud of now," council member Mike Pokrzywinski said.

The 2012 budget has $40,000 set aside for pool repairs. To comply with health codes, the pool needs $9,000 in updates. It also needs $12,000 a new pump. Those costs need to be taken care of by summer.

"The skimmers have cracked around the pool and that's where there's a lot of water loss," Dietrich said.

To replace everything, the city is looking at a $1.257 million price tag. The council is deciding on how to tackle that.

"Form a committee, lay out a program for development of the pool in an incremental manner," council member Henry Tweten said.

If it is done in phases, the city could tap into the building maintenance fund or it could be paid for with a bond, which would require voter approval, and all repairs would be done at once.

"I think it's going to have to be a discussion that this community has and ultimately the people are going to have to decide which direction they want to go," Pokrzywinski said.

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