Community board to call for swimming pool concepts

The Roxburgh Community board yesterday decided against seeking further geotechnical reports on the town's tired swimming pool and will call for suggested designs for a new pool on the site.

Chairman Stephen Jeffery said the board would seek concept drawings for the project from local artists.

At yesterday's meeting it considered a report by Opus International geotechnical engineer Greg Saul, who outlined what would have to be done to fix the existing pool.

He said monitoring to confirm the stability of the site would cost about $15,000.

A full investigation into upgrading the existing pool would cost about $25,000.

If a new pool and buildings were to be located on the site, a foundation investigation would cost about $25,000, he said.

Mr Saul said he did not know when the pool was built but alterations were done in the 1960s or 1970s.

The pool wall was leaking and there were cracks in the plant room and the concrete apron along one side.

It appeared the eastern side of the pool site may have been formed using fill created during the pool excavation.

Water leaks, seepage, river flooding and erosion of foundation materials might cause ongoing settlement of the site, he said.

"We're reasonably happy that there's not too much of an issue with the site," Mr Jeffery said.

The drawings sought from artists would be for a new pool, using the existing facility as a base but removing some of the buildings.

"We already have the hole in the ground that we can use."

The board was still committed to providing a pool and learners' pool.

It would go back to the public with the designs and then make a decision of the next stage of the project.

Last year the board decided a new $2.5 million pool complex for the district was too expensive.

•By-election: Nominations open on Monday to fill a vacancy on the board left by the death of Cr Tom Stevenson.

Cr Stevenson, who was in his second successive term, died on February 16, aged 60.

Nominations will close on April 6 and if an election is needed, postal voting will close on May 26.

Board members yesterday observed a minute's silence for Cr Stevenson and for Coal Creek farmer Alan Michelle, who died on January 29.

Mr Michelle served three terms on the board, starting in 1989, and was chairman from 1992 to 1998.


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