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Councilmen approve $18,000 'Band-Aid' for swimming pool

SARANAC - The Saranac Town Council will move forward with a temporary solution to what has been called a more permanent problem regarding its municipal swimming pool.

Council members voted 4-0 in favor of spending $18,411 to have the interior of the pool repainted and sealed to alleviate a problem with chipping paint seen during last season's use. The motion was made by Councilman Robert L. Blair and seconded by Philip E. Rice. Councilman Michael H. Tedford was absent.

The pool, according to Councilman Gerald W. Delaney, was installed by the town at Picketts Corners Park in 1976. The pool's interior was repainted approximately eight years ago, added Blair, done by town employees as a way to eliminate the need of hiring an outside firm.

However, chipping paint - that when mixed with corrosive pool cleaners - began to dissolve into the water last year, leading council members to weigh their options, said Blair.

"We had to act on it now or close it," said Blair. "And, we didn't want to close it."

Prior to making a decision on the matter, Town Supervisor James E. Facteau and pool manager Ken Carter noted there are concerns about the longevity of the plumbing beneath the pool.

"The thing is, once [contractors] get into it and start grinding the concrete, whatever's behind there, if there's problems, it's going to be an extra charge," said Facteau.

The council further reviewed an estimate to install a rubber membrane liner from a firm from New Bedford, Mass., which Facteau said was the closest firm the council could find. That estimate, at $33,175, was discussed, but ultimately dismissed due to the higher cost.

Members of the audience called the repainting a "temporary solution" and "putting a Band-Aid" on the issue. However, the cost to replace the pool, said Carter, has been estimated at more than $100,000.

The town council will now move forward with hiring Henry's Pools and Spas, Plattsburgh, to perform work to the pool, which will consist of removing existing paint and grinding the surface down to its concrete base before applying a primer and epoxy paint.

"Hopefully, we can get the contractor in right away to get this painted," said Facteau.

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