BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena city pool has completed the necessary filter replacement and while they are anticipating the re-opening of the city pool very soon, that date has not been announced. THE POOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED THIS WEEKEND, AUGUST 20TH AND 21ST. Parks Director Nathan Fowler said to keep watch for the announcement of the reopening of the pool where all admissions will be free the first day of opening.
The pool has been closed all summer due to necessary repairs to the filtering system. Luther Stem Pools and Spas was approved through Ordinance #2263 in late June to replace the filters that were installed in the 1970’s. The cost was estimated to be at least $18,400 for the eight new filters and their installation, but the City has anticipated such repairs for a few years now and has been saving money just in case. The City has budgeted accordingly, with $30,000 set aside to complete the project.
Luther Stem Pools and Spas originally placed the filters in the 70’s and had the new filters needed to restore service on hand as well as expertise knowledge of the system, and an expected one to two day installation time. However, the plan had to meet state approval, which has taken longer than anticipated. Mayor George McKee said as soon as the state approved the plan, they put Luther Stem Pools and Spas to action.
Parks Director Nathan Fowler explained that upon the filters being installed, an inspection from the State Health Department out of Little Rock will be required before reopening. Once reopened, the pool will remain open through Labor Day, September 5.