The Village of Delta’s pool with not reopen this year, according to Brad Peebles, Village Administrator. The Delta. The pool, originally built in 1957, has developed problems within the filtration system. It is rusted out and leaking.
When the village looked into repairing the pool, the over $1 million repair bill just couldn’t be justified since a brand new pool would cost $3 to $3.5 million.
The village is currently working on presenting the local voters with an issue on the November 2022 ballot to consider adding a bond issue to be paid over a 20 year period to cover the costs of building a new community pool. This would be in addition to the levy that is currently in year three of the five year term.
The cost estimates to prepare the bond amount would be defined by how much is required to retire the debt of the new pool. “Additional funding would be needed, as well, for operations of the pool,” said Peebles.
Since the pool was closed in 2020 due to COVID-19 and will be closed for 2022, where will the levy funds be appropriated? Peebles relayed that funds from the current levy to operate the pool are being used to engineer plans for the new pool.
Peterman & Associates, an engineering firm from Findlay, Ohio, is in the process of drawing up these plans. Peterman & Associates also designed new pools for the cities of Wauseon and Napoleon.
Delta’s pool has experienced a continual decline in use. “Gate counts, down last year from previous years, came in with a total headcount of 1,577 . Season passes were down 50% from the year 2019 with 32 family passes and 4 individual passes sold,” said Peebles.
A total revenue from pool admissions was calculated to be $11,051 for the year 2021, according to Peebles.
Would a new pool be worth the investment that the people of Delta would have to pay or would it just be more cost effective if swimmers went to Wauseon or Napoleon’s pool? “That is a question that the people of Delta will have to answer,” Peebles responded.