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City to buy reserve pump for Gilley Pool
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While the area is still gripped by cold weather, McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department is looking toward the summer months with a refreshing dip in Gilley Pool.
The city Parks and Recreation Committee met Tuesday to consider the purchase of a water pump to be held in reserve.
“Basically, the pump is where the propeller is housed and that’s how the water is circulated,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “It’s a priority. The water has to turn over four times. Without a pump, we’re down. At the end of the season last year, our pump went down. It was replaced by the one on the shelf by the Water Department.”
The pump was sent off to see if it could be repaired, but it could not. McCord said a replacement pump to keep on hand is needed.
“The reason for having one on the shelf, as you can see by these quotes, is that it take eight to 12 weeks before you will receive one,” he said. “I would hate to have the pool down for eight to 12 weeks during the summer.”
According to Alderman Everett Brock, the city went through a situation a few years back when the pump went down and a portable pump sitting on the back of a flatbed truck had to be brought in to circulate the water in order to keep the pool open until a pump could be found and installed.
“It cost around $8,000, I think, to do that,” said Brock. “That’s when we realized the need to always keep an extra pump on the shelf.”
The 2017 swimming season will begin Memorial Day, May 29, and will go through Labor Day, Sept. 4.
Daily admission is $4, Gilley Tokens are $4, individual season passes are $85 and family season passes are $225.
Committee members Ben Newman, Steve Harvey and Kate Alsbrook approved the purchase of a reserve pump from Wascon at a cost of $8,559. Wascon was the lowest of three bids received.