By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
The Portales Public Works director estimated $40,000 in repairs were needed to the city swimming pool before it reopens for the summer.
The 60-year-old pool was leaking nearly 60,000 gallons of water a day the last swim season. Repairs include the replacement of a few valves and the lining of the pit pump.
City councilors discussed at its last meeting plans to move forward with public works director John DeSha’s suggestion of building a new pool.
Councilors discussed building a new pool facility and possibly additional recreational water facilities because councilors see the swimming pool as a recreational necessity in the summer.
DeSha said it’s likely councilors will seek community input on what residents would like to see be built.
The next step would be to put out bids for design of the facility. Another issue that will need to be addressed before building a new pool is staffing, DeSha has noted.