Repairs to the flood-damaged mechanical room at Centennial Pool could start as early as Monday.
Repairs to the flood-damaged mechanical room at Centennial Pool could start as early as Monday. (Lewis Geyer/ Staff Photographer)

Work to repair a flood-damaged mechanical room at Centennial Swimming Pool could begin as early as Monday and be complete by mid- to late January, according to Karen Roney, Longmont community services director.

The city closed the swimming pool at 1201 Alpine St. in mid-August after flooding from a faulty sump pump cased significant damage to the mechanical room and electrical system.

Longmont officials have been waiting for damage assessments and repair cost estimates from electrical engineers and the city's insurance adjuster before starting work.

In a Wednesday email, Roney stated that Chubb Insurance, Longmont's insurance provider, and Envista Forensics, Chubb's estimator, estimated the repairs will cost $423,981.

Longmont's insurance policy has a $25,000 deductible that the city will cover from its general fund and Chubb has issued an initial payment of $325,464, which Roney stated "will allow us to begin the repair work."

The overall estimated expense includes the projected $70,000 cost of replacing one of the facility's boilers, she said. No other city funds will be needed for the repairs.

Longmont is working on a contract with TCC Corp. for the repairs, and work could begin as soon as Monday if the contract is complete and necessary permits are obtained.

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"While the pool facility has been closed, the city is evaluating the general condition of the building and other facility improvements that we should consider while repairing the mechanical room," Roney stated. "Any additional improvements we decide to make will be covered in the general fund, not through insurance."

After closing Centennial, Longmont kept Sunset Swimming Pool open for several weeks beyond its normal Sept. 3 closing date, closing the outdoor pool on Oct. 8. At the time of Sunset Pool's closing city officials said swimming and diving programs that had been shifted from Centennial to Sunset had been moved to the Longmont Recreation Center or would be "taking a break" until Centennial reopens.

Centennial Pool's website — tinyurl.com/yd96wufz — lists the times swimming lessons, diving, swim team activities and fall fitness classes are available at the Recreation Center.

If Centennial Pool repairs start Monday, they will come just before the close of an election season in which Longmont voters will decide the fate of a bond measure for various recreation improvements city-wide. Ballot Issue 3C would authorize the city to issue up to $6.8 million in bonds for improvements at golf courses and recreation facilities — including work to relieve congestion in Centennial's lobby, to add four family changing rooms and to bring its showers and toilets into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The measure is one of three bond proposals on the ballot. Issue 3A would authorize up to $16.4 million in bonds to finance rehabilitation and repair work at the Civic Center Complex, the Longmont Public Library and the Safety and Justice Center. Issue 3B would authorize up to about $9.6 million in bonds for relocating and replacing Fire Station No. 2 and replacing Fire Station No. 6.

The bonds for all three measures would be backed by revenues from a portion of the city's 3.35 percent sales and use tax.