Burlington Community Pool Project

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Initially constructed in 1965, the Burlington Community Pool was originally a joint project of the Burlington area service clubs. The Burlington Jaycees, Burlington Kiwanis, Burlington Lions Club, and Burlington Rotary formed the Burlington Community Pool Corporation in 1961 with the expressed intent of building a recreational facility for the city's residents. A dedication was held, and the pool opened for swimming on June 11, 1966. Since that time, the combined clubs have continued to financially support and operate the pool. In 2014 the City allocated $25,000 towards repairs to the pool; however, no tax dollars are used in maintaining or operating the pool.

In 2014, the City engaged in discussions with the Community Pool Board to determine the best steps in restoring and/or rebuilding the community pool due to the extensive list of needed maintenance and repairs of the pool. It was determined the best approach would be to replace the existing pool and bathhouse with a modern aquatics facility to meet the community's current demands for recreational and instructional swimming opportunities. The desire for a new pool is to have a sustainable business model and management plan to support the pool and the community for years to come.

In November 2014 and again in December 2015, the City released a Request for Proposal (RFP) inviting qualified consulting firms to design municipal pools to submit a proposal to provide engineering services for the design of a new pool. The RFP divided consulting tasks into six phases in which the Common Council has the authority to cancel at any the end of any phase: 1) Site Assessment, 2) Preliminary Design, 3) Pool Management Plan, 4) Referendum Educational Assistance, 5) Design and Bid, and 6) Construction Management. The goal for the design consultants was to create a preliminary design with cost estimates that would be presented for public consideration in referendum form at a future election date. Details of Phases 1-6 (PDF) On March 15, 2016, the Common Council authorized entering into an agreement Ayres Associates for Phases 1 to 4 of the project. Ayres Associates Proposal (PDF)

Project Steps

Phase 1 

July 5, 2016: Update regarding Phases 1 and 2 at the Committee of the Whole Meeting
Phase 1 and 2 PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
Burlington Pool Analysis by Ayres Associates (PDF)

Phase 2

July 19, 2016: Joint Council/Pool Board/Park Board Workshop to review preliminary design options
View July 19, 2016 Pool Design Presentation (PDF)

Phase 3: Pool Management Plan

The pool management plan that will provide a guide for the sustainable operations of the pool. The plan will provide recommendations on a staffing model, fees, revenue-generating programming opportunities, concessions operations and other required information that will demonstrate the feasibility of the pool.

Phase 4: Referendum Education and Assistance

Public Informational Sessions
October 5 and 26, 2016 at 400 McCanna Parkway - View Presentation (PDF)

Public Input/Education
The following concept design was rolled out at the September 9, 2016 Review Meeting based on feedback from the Pool Board, Common Council and the Park Board. View Presentation (PDF)

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Impact on Taxpayers
Separate estimates by the city's financial consultant and the city treasurer have put the cost of repaying a $5.4 million loan at approximately $68 to $82 per year on the average home valued at 179-000-over, ext. 20-year the capital campaign for the period. In other words, it will cost between 38 cents and 46 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value per year. This does not necessarily mean taxes will go up by a similar amount. The actual tax rate is established based on factors that could positively or negatively affect the final number during the loan's term. The city is also year retiring some long-term debt in the coming years, which may lessen the impact of this and other capital project expenses on the tax rate.

Voter Approval of Advisory Referendum
On November 8, 2016, 3,383 of the 4,850 registered voters in the City of Burlington voted in favor of authorizing the Common Council to spend up to $5.4 million for the construction of the pool.
Referendum Fact Sheet (PDF)

Phase 5: Design & Bid
The consultant, Scherrer Construction, will provide all necessary services to complete the design plans and specifications required to secure competitive construction bids. This Phase shall include, but not be limited to, completion of all sketches, drawings, documents, publications, meetings, and notifications necessary for the City to secure competitive bids. This Phase shall also include the consultant's review and tabulation of bids received, as well as a recommendation for contract award.

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Phase 6: Construction Management & Inspection
The consultant, Scherrer Construction, shall provide construction management services to ensure that the contractor implements and performs all project construction related activities as planned and designed. The consultant is expected to assist the City to resolve any disputes that may arise during construction.

Site Work to Commence
On June 6, 2017, the Common Council approved an amendment of the Kendall Street Improvement Project to allow Reesman's Excavating to relocate the fill that will be removed from Kendall Street as fill in Devor Park, 394 Amanda Street, as part of the Community Pool Reconstruction Project. The total reconstruction area for Pool Project will need approximately 13,500 cubic yards of import material. By having the material taken to the Burlington Community Pool area, the City will save approximately $200,000 versus having the material imported from another location.

As part of this amendment to the Kendall Street Project, visitors to the area of Devor Park will begin to see, in coming weeks, much of the park screened off with a fence, as well as construction equipment in the field behind the pool. It is important to note that the current community pool, tennis court and playground WILL remain open all summer with no disruption to the facility or activities. If you visit, please watch for the new parking lot entrance closer to the playground equipment.

Construction Begins
On September 5, 2017, the Common Council, the Burlington Pool Board, the Park Board, Scherrer Construction, and Ayres Associates celebrated the commencement of demolition and construction with a ground breaking.

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