Explanation on Mosby Park pool delays given to Council
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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Mosby Park Pool
PROGRESS has been made on the installation of a new pool at Mosby Park. The project is more than a month past the May 25 expected completion date.  Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
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Some Cleveland City Council members expressed frustration at the delay in opening the Mosby Park pool during an update on the project at Monday’s council meeting.

At-Large Councilman Richard Banks said by the time the project is complete, children in the area will only have a few days before school starts.

District 2 Councilman Bill Estes said the Water Dogs swim team, which usually swims at Mosby Park, had to swim somewhere else for the entire season this summer.

The Council passed a motion requesting that Dave Sheldon of Pool Management Incorporated in Alpharetta, Ga., the company completing the project, come to the next City Council meeting.

Banks said hopefully Sheldon would tell them the pool was open. Otherwise, Banks wants Sheldon to give an explanation for why the project is still incomplete.

“What was the original date on the bid specs to be completed?” Banks said.

A pre-bid meeting for the project was held on Nov. 22, 2013. A demolition permit was secured by Dec. 11.

Doug Caywood of The Lewis Group said the contract gave 165 days for the project.

“That gave them through May 25,” Caywood said.

He said this had included days for weather delays. The project has reported 23 days above the build in number.

Based on the reported days that weather delayed the project, the completion date should have been June 17, according to Caywood.

He said the original plan was to have the project completed before Memorial Day to allow time to train the needed staff for pool operations.

Councilmen expressed concern the project will not be completed by the new proposed date.

A needed health department waiver for the gutter also delayed the project. Caywood said the waiver took 28 days to get.

Caywood said equipment could not be lined up for this portion of the project until the waiver was received.

District 4 Councilman David May asked why it took so long to get the waiver from the health department.

Caywood said such a waiver usually took seven days. He said the waiver was coming from the state health department and held up work as crews were prevented from digging the trenches for the needed pipes.

Caywood said it got to the point where he was “calling on a daily basis” to check the status of the waiver.

Now the waiver has been approved, the equipment should be on site by July 18, Caywood said.

“We received a new update this morning,” Caywood said. “They have started pouring concrete at the deck today, and that should be finished by Wednesday of this week. They will begin pouring plaster on the 17th, depending on rain. That should take three to five days, and then once that is done, they will finish the fencing and the slide … will be installed.”

Caywood said forecasted rain this week could further delay the project.

There have not been any changes to the design of the project since it began. However, there have been some change orders from the contractor changing how the design will be accomplished.

“A new basin and pump for the water that was coming in wasn’t in the original bid … that took a little bit of time,” Caywood said. “There has just been a series of events, so it has not just been one item in particular.”

Banks asked how the project could have been planned to ensure the pool would be completed for this summer.

Caywood said starting demolition earlier in the fall could have accomplished this.

The Council discussed having a fee to the contractor in the future for days the project goes over the contracted date. Such a provision was not included in the Mosby Pool project bid agreement. The agreement was the same one used for a pool project in the past, which had gone smoothly.

Estes said when the project was competitively bid, PMI was more than $100,000 less expensive than the other bidders.

Parks and Recreation Director Patti Pettit said the department had been getting permission slips for neighborhood children and taking them to other community pools in Cleveland twice a week.

Banks said the city should provide some type of water fun at Mosby Park if the pool is not completed by the new projected date so children can enjoy the park before school starts.