(BROWNSTOWN) - As contractors began replacing aging water pumps, filters and other mechanics at Brownstown's pool, they discovered another potential problem.
The Jackson County Banner reports that four of the underground pipes snaking to and from the pool connect at the same point against a wall. That would make it difficult for anyone to make any future repairs, said Clerk-Treasuer David Willey, who briefed town board members about the situation earlier this month.
Crews from Medora-based Mitchell & Stark Construction were hired to replace the pool's underground mechanics after an outside engineering firm inspected the pool and recommended a new design structure.
Town officials said the work is on schedule to be finished in time for the pool to open as usual on Memorial Day.
The pipes are not part of the renovation project, but Willey said Mitchell & Stark representatives brought the issue to the town's attention. He said the town was considering its options for correcting the issue well ahead of the point any other work would need to be done.
"It probably wasn't noticed during the original planning," he said.
Willey said possibilities included purchasing a device that would reconnect the pipes away from the wall or extending the pipes further into the pool's pump room.
He said he did not know how much it would cost to reconnect the pipes.
The pipes are just another on the list of issues town officials find themselves dealing with as the pool ages. The original portion was built a half-century ago and the leisure pool and its fiberglass slide were added in 1995.
At February 18's town board meeting, member C.J. Foster requested a formal timetable on repairing the slide.
Meanwhile, Willey said the original pool deck is starting to sink. Town officials are working to determine if packing sand used under the pool is lowering or if there's a leak.
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