Get ready to dive in. Gilley Pool opens next weekend on Saturday, May 23.
Before the splashing begins, a new HVAC will be installed to the tune of $9,850.
Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord presented five bids for the project to Parks and Recreation Committee members Ben Newman, Steve Harvey and Jimmy Bonner to consider.
McCord says the air conditioning system went down shortly after the pool closed last summer and the decision was made to postpone its replacement. However, the work needs to be done before the pool opens this summer.
He recommended the lowest bid from Jimmy’s Conditioned Air at $9,850. The remaining four bids ranged from $10,000 to more than $15,000.
“Jimmy’s met all the specifications of the bid and I recommend you go with them,” said McCord. “There will be three units: two units in the concession area and one in the guard house. Each one will have its own condenser.”
When Newman asked if the units are similar to window units, McCord added, “Yes.”
Harvey questioned if the existing unit can be fixed.
“It’s dead,” said McCord, of the existing unit’s condition. “Several companies have come, looked at it and told us that the compressor is frozen up. It’s dead. Also, that unit is air conditioning only and there’s no heat.”
When the pool house was built, there was no heating and air conditioning. After the first year, the need for air conditioning for employees was evident. A duct work system was installed and created problems over the years. When the system finally failed, the decision was made to go with a ductless system.
The committee voted unanimously to go with Jimmy’s Conditioned Air. Because the price is under $10,000, the measure does not need board approval.
From May 23 to Aug. 14, the hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Abbreviated pool hours begin Aug. 14 with the pool only open on weekends until Sept. 7. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Daily admission is $4.