The Jourdanton City Council approved the schematic design of the Municipal Swimming Pool, splash pad and associated amenities project at the Oct. 19 council meeting. Also included in the motion is to authorize Terracon to begin Design Development Phase Services.
Voting against was council member Patsy Tymrak-Daughtrey. Other members of the council are Chester Gonzales, Jack R. Harrison, Raul Morales, Karen Pesek and Mayor Robert “Doc” Williams.
The council was addressed by Terracon representatives Bernie Rogers and James P. McClelland.
“We’re glad to be here. We’re excited for you and this project,” said McClellan.
Rogers followed, “The goal of this project is to provide the city with a recreation facility geared towards families, recreation and wellness and some classes for the community.”
He described the plans which include a brand new recreation pool, a 3,000 sq. ft. splash pad, an approximately 1,500 sq. ft. pavilion and concession stands. They added control measures to allow families to keep an eye on their children and make sure the pool is secure. They have provided ADA updates to the entire facility, including the restrooms. The ADA ramp is compliant with current guidelines, with handles on both sides.
There are also exterior showers and storage for the equipment needed. From deck level, the pool will slowly slope down to 3.6 ft. of water and continue to a maximum depth of 5 ft. Two kiddie slides have also been added.
The water tower at the splash pad will probably be the main attraction at the site, said Rogers. Some renovations were made to the existing buildings, such as the addition of concession room.
More discussion continued with the representatives discussing the probable cost, estimated at $2.4 million. They expect $500,000 of that amount to be able to excavate the site, in order to make sure the facility is working properly. Otherwise the pool may settle, noted reps. They had issues with underground piping and so they expect $500,000 in sub-grade work to be needed.
They plan for the pavilion to be a steel-roof structure, which will provide ample space for staging for parents and a general shading area. Minor upgrades are also planned for the sidewalk for both patrons and emergency personnel.
Their main objective is to provide a safe site for families that is accessible to all and will last a long time for the community.
Resident Norma Ortiz addressed the council stating that they have so much on their plates, for there to be an issue about who is on a committee and who is not. If someone wanted to bring their complaint to council a long time ago, they should have done it, she shared.
“There are three of you all on the election ballot and for people to be talking on social media, that upsets me. I told myself I was not going to be kept quiet,” said Ortiz.
She continued, “We have to put trust in the people that we elect.”
Before voting on the design, council member Morales shared he had looked at some splash pads for examples. The water tower features a bucket above it that fills up, tips over with water splashing over the tower and then goes out in a 360-type splash area.
Mark McLiney, Finance Director from Samco reviewed two handouts on the funding options for the proposed pool and related items. Roughly speaking, they are looking at $2.6 million in pool construction costs.
There are funds available from the settlement, the 2019 Certificates of Obligation and Sports Complex funds. This makes $1.5 million available to use towards the project. He went over the plans on how to pay for the shortfall and allow for a cushion so they don’t come out short. A lengthy discussion continued on what would be needed with and without growth.
In order to move forward with the pool and splash pad, the city will need $1,110,000. Without the splash pad, $600,000 would still be needed, so the idea behind having the project all done at once is to save costs.
With no growth, the city is looking at an increase of 1.7 cents after 2021. However, if the city gets a 3 percent growth for three years in a row, the tax rate on the I&S side would be below what it is now. McLiney’s figures were based on a 15-year note.
McLiney proposed a timeline of: Nov. 2 as the notice of intention date (giving public notice that council wants to move forward on this project), Jan. 2 as the 60 days (which is a holiday) and the sale will be Feb. 1. So funds could be in the bank by March 2.
Council then voted to move forward with funding options for the proposed Municipal Swimming Pool, splash pad and associated amenities project. Voting against was Tymrak-Daughtrey.
At the Oct. 26 meeting, the council did approve the notice of intention to issue Certificates of Obligation.