Memorial Pool is another step closer to opening for the summer as Williamsport City Council’s finance committee on Tuesday recommended the administration purchase and install a hard plastic membrane liner system (PVC) at a cost not to exceed $129,105.
Scott Livermore, director of the Department of Public Works, said the coating came with a 10-year warranty.
The discussion centered on whether the city will decide whether to use $112,000 in maintenance costs from the previous year’s donation or invest American Rescue Plan Act funds.
“What if there are other financing needs next year or in a few years?” asked councilor Liz Miele, chair of the committee.
Councilor Bonnie Katz agreed with Miele’s concern. “I would hate to exhaust the account,” she says. “It scares me if we don’t know what could happen.”
The counselors agreed that there were still issues with the pool.
Comptroller Peg Woodring said the donation was for maintenance.
The installation work will not require public funds or prevailing wages, so local or relief funds are applicable, said Jon Sander, city engineer.
“I think we can pass this with a positive recommendation,” Miele said, adding that discussion at the board meeting might be the wisest place to get the money from the pool liner.