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Longmont Still Waiting on Centennial Pool Repair Estimates

October 5, 2018

Longmont officials are still waiting for contractor reports and assaurance approval before repairs can begin at Centennial Pool.

Longmont is still waiting for information from its insurance carrier about how much it will cost to repair the damages a faulty sump pump caused to Centennial Swimming Pool’s electrical system in mid-August, according to Jeff Friesner, the city’s recreation and golf services manager.

In the meantime, “since we have no power at Centennial Pool, we are starting to winterize the building so there is no additional damage with freezing temperatures on the way,” Friesner said in a Thursday email.

The city announced on Aug. 17 that the entire building of the indoor pool at 1201 Alpine St., would be closed until further notice after the sump pump failure flooded the facility’s mechanical room and significantly damaged the electrical system.

Officials said at that time that because of the complexity of the electrical system, a coordinated evaluation effort between the electrician, electrical engineer and the city’s insurance adjuster would have to be completed and that the insurance provider would then have to prepare the estimated costs of repairs before the city could provide a time frame for when the pool could reopen.

Friesner said on Sept. 5 that the city was still awaiting a report from the insurance carrier, and he said in his Thursday email: “Still no update from our insurance.”

A city website with Centennial Pool closing updates — tinyurl.com/yaxs2vmu — said in a Wednesday posting that Longmont’s staff “is awaiting contractor reports and assurance approval before any work can be started. The city is coordinating efforts with the insurance company to facilitate this resolution.”

Longmont delayed the closing of Sunset Pool, 1900 Longs Peak Ave., to accommodate some of the swimming, diving and fall fitness activities that would otherwise have been held at Centennial.

Sunset normally would have been closed for the season on Sept. 1, but Friesner said Thursday that “our goal is to keep Sunset open until the 14th.”

He said the city staff also would be meeting to finalize how to use the Longmont Recreation Center’s indoor pool at 310 Quail Road to accommodate as many swimming programs and activities there as possible.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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