Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

A bid opening for the pool project is scheduled for 2 p.m. on July 9.
A mandatory pre-bid meeting was held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the pool, which will undergo work that will both ensure that it meets state regulations and add some new features.
The park board voted in February to approve a major rehabilitation of the pool, which includes a new deck, major work on the pump house, renovating the dressing areas, replacing slides and fencing work.
The project, estimated by Hurst-Roche Engineers of Hillsboro to cost about $1.275 million, will also include adding a zero-entry area and water umbrella.
The park district moved on the pool renovation project after it received a third warning from the state on issues with the pool.
To fund the work, the park district will use a $400,000 grant from the Old Capitol Foundation, a $315,000 Tax Increment Financing grant from the city, $390,000 in alternate bonds and $353,000 in general obligation bonds. The district will use the TIF monies to repay the alternate bonds, with the balance of the bonds to be paid off with surplus monies in the district’s general fund.
The general obligation bonds will be paid off through a tax levy over a 10-year period.
Also contributing to the funds for the project is more than $30,000 raised by pool Manager Lisa Robbins and her staff since the spring of 2014.

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