Barring any unforeseen additional problems, the St. Clair community swimming pool is expected to open for perhaps its final season at noon on Saturday.
Manager Karen McGlenn said earlier this week that all systems appear to be go regarding the 2012 season, even though a leak had to be addressed this week.
“We’re looking forward to a fun season,” McGlenn said while working on final pool opening preparations on Monday. “If this is our last year, we want to go out with a bang.”
Officials earlier this year decided not to open the facility in Evergreen Park because the city could not afford to bring the nearly 50-year-old pool into American With Disabilities Act compliance. However, when the handicap chair lift requirement and its $10,000-plus price tag was delayed until January 2013, aldermen opted to give the pool one more year of life.
“When I called the lifeguards to tell them we were opening, they were all excited,” McGlenn said. “They’ve all had their training and are ready to go.”
Six veteran and one new lifeguard will man the pool this summer. Heather Chavez will be McGlenn’s assistant manager while Micah Bell, Kristen Jobe, Holly Johnson, Michael Juergens, Katie Schmidt and Kyle Juergens will serve as lifeguards. Kyle Juergens is the newcomer.
McGlenn said the pool originally was filled last week and held water for a couple of days before it started leaking.
In past years, it has been reported that the pool lost as much as a foot of water on some days.
City Administrator Rick Childers told the St. Clair Board of Aldermen on Monday night during its regular meeting that the pool lost as much as 7 feet of water after it was filled this time. It was drained to see if the problem could be found.
“Indications are that possibly the caulk around one of the drains blew out,” he said.
The problem area was scheduled to be recaulked on Tuesday, and the pool should be refilled on Wednesday.
If everything goes well and the pool adequately holds water, the facility will open for business as scheduled on Saturday.
“If that doesn’t solve the water-loss problem, we’re not certain what to try next,” Childers said.
During earlier aldermen meetings, the city administrator has said that he does not know if the facility will last the year.
The pool is scheduled to remain open through mid-August. Hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday.
Prices are the same as last year. An individual day pass is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 4-10. Children age 3 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.
A super-saver 20-swim pass is available for $25, and season passes are available at $60 for adults and $40 for children. A season-long family pass costs $125.
There will be no senior swims this year, McGlenn said.
The pool can be rented for after-hour private parties.
For more information, contact city hall at 636-629-0333.