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Parkersburg City Council to Weigh $1.89 Million More for Southwood Pool | News, Sports, Jobs


This Pickering Associates rendering of proposed improvements to the Southwood Park pool was released by the City of Parkersburg in December 2021. (File photo)

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg City Council will consider doubling the amount of American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Southwood Park pool improvement project after bids exceeded the amount by about $2.5 million. intended.

A resolution for an additional $1,890,000 for the project is on the board’s agenda for its meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

There’s already $2,767,844 allocated for the project, which is to include a rebuild of the nearly 44-year-old pool and the addition of a zero-depth entry area, new water features, a new deck concrete pool deck, new lighting and sound system, a speed slide and expanded children’s pool and shaded areas. Of that amount, $1,894,227 comes from funding the city received from the U.S. Federal Bailout Act, aimed at stimulating the economy after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city has requested separate bids for the construction and equipment of the pool, said chief financial officer Eric Jiles. The equipment bid came in at $1,130,525, close to what was budgeted, city engineer Adam Stout said. The construction bid – including pipes, concrete and stainless steel gutters – totaled $3,756,200.

“The cost of materials right now is still skyrocketing,” Stout said. “Plastic pipes are out of control right now.

“We have also felt this in our other urban projects”, he said. “Our price for stormwater piping has doubled, if we can get it.”

Jiles said the city recently learned it will receive a federal grant of $673,000 from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which leaves the difference between cost and available funds at 1.89. million bucks.

Mayor Tom Joyce said that given current conditions, the higher price was “Not a bad surprise. It’s definitely not good news.

There weren’t many options to cut costs, other than scrapping out new features that would appeal to kids, he said.

“The most popular thing at the City Park pool is the waterslide and paddling pool. That’s what kids want. Joyce said.

The money would be allocated under a provision of ARPA guidelines that allow cities to claim up to $10 million as lost revenue without calculating the actual amount. The city still has approximately $9.7 million in unallocated ARPA funds.

“If they (the council) don’t approve it, we won’t go ahead with the project,” Joyce said. “We will have to regroup.

The resolution is one of three on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting, along with terminating the operation and maintenance agreement for the Memorial Bridge since owner Parkersburg Bridge Partners does not plan to terminate it. reopen to traffic until the ongoing $50 million rehabilitation project is complete. Next year. The other resolution states that next month’s council meetings will be held on November 1 and 22, since election day is November 8.

Following the regular meeting in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, Council will meet as the Urban Renewal Authority to consider applications to purchase the URA property at 1803 Camden Ave. and 915 26th St., as well as a request for the authority to purchase a dilapidated structure at 1002 19th St. for the fair market value of $2,000.

The authority also received an offer to purchase the second home under the city’s affordable housing initiative for $65,000. The house was one of two modular units built for a combined price of $500,000 in federal housing funds. The first sold for $100,000 after the authority rejected an initial offer of $80,000.

Evan Bevins can be contacted at [email protected]




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