NITRO, W.Va. -- Plans were unveiled for a new city swimming pool in Nitro Tuesday.
Mayor Dave Casebolt said that experts do not expect the existing pool will last more than five years, but he said the pool is in such poor condition that he would be surprised if the city would be able to open it back up next summer.
"We're spending tons of money on our pool." Casebolt said. "It's just a constant nightmare."
The existing pool, built around 1965, costs $15,000 to $20,000 per year to perform maintenance on the filtration system and repair leaks in the lines. There are also fears it could cave in.
Baker Engineering designed the new pool and, if it becomes a reality, the new facility would include a new bathhouse with showers, a pickle ball court and multiple water slides.
The design also includes a two-foot swimming area with slides and sprayers for small children. This area would be connected to a larger lap pool and lazy river. The most ambitious part of the project will be the two 150-250 foot slides adjacent to the main pool area.
Designers project that the new pool would bring in about $125,000 per year in revenue. Officials expect usage will double.
The city has two options for completing the project. Nitro can opt to build it all at once at a cost of $2.7 million, or it can build it in sections, which would increase the cost of the project by $500,000.
Casebolt said the city also obtained an estimate on the cost of tearing out the existing pool and rebuilding it as is, and the project would cost $1.9 million.
Council voted to send the proposal to the Recreation Committee for recommendations and financing option.
Casebolt said that, starting in 2017, the city expects to see and additional $600,000 to $700,000 from business and occupation tax collections. Portions of this money could be used to fund the project. If the city moves forward on the project, Casebolt estimates that it would be three to four years before it would be built.
In other business, council members passed the first reading of an amendment to a city ordinance that will establish a surcharge for surface and storm water runoff discharging into the city's combined sewer system.
Attorney Stephen Chambers of Jackson Kelly explained that Nitro has two sewer systems. The combined sewer system is the old part of the sewer located on Nitro's west side. The new part, located throughout the rest of the city, is the sanitary sewer.
According to the ordinance, any new structure larger than 1,200 square feet in surface area, will be charged for roof drains, downspouts, storm sewers and other similar structures that discharge storm water runoff or other precipitation into the combined sewer system.
The charge is based on a formula and is different for each structure.
Houses and other buildings that are currently tied into the city's combined sewer system will be grandfathered in and will not be charged the fee.
Mayor Casebolt also discussed his economic plan for the city of Dunbar, which included five recommendations for action.
The first is to transform conflict into consensus. The second recommendation is to focus on community aesthetics.
The final three recommendation are to improve infrastructure, undertake planning for tomorrow and focus development efforts.
* Accepted a bid from Dunbar Printing in the amount of $4,890 for the city's 2014 calendar.
* Accepted a bid from Dunbar Printing for the city's municipal service fee invoices in the amount of $966 per month.
* Voted to accept the new Fire Department policy manual.