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Ready for the big splash

Parks & Rec board approves low bid for pool

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Oct 28, 2020

The low bid for the municipal pool project in Estherville came in from a contractor not far from town. The full amount of the bid and additional details will be detailed at the upcoming city council meeting Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The Parks & Recreation board unanimously approved a motion to move forward with the project.

The base amount was below the $4.1 million budget for the core project.

Six contractors submitted bids for the project this round, some on the entire project, some on the three parts: the pool vessel, the mechanical works, and everything else, including the parking lot and mechanical building.

The low bid amount will allow project alternates to be added back into the project, including climbing walls, a drop off lane, landscaping and parking lot improvements on the Regional Wellness Center side.

The site for the pool is south of the RWC in the green space.

Board member Joan Heckard, who also served on the pool committee, said, “Thank you for making this a reality in Estherville. The pool committee worked so hard to make a design that worked for everyone. It has been a long time and now it’s happening.”

Board member Bob Jensen said, “The main thing is that it is going to be done, and it’s going to be spectacular.”

Monday’s council meeting is at 5 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent out for the public to attend virtually and allow for social distancing of the city council.