District 25 preps for pricey repairs at Aquatic Center

Dec 19, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

Fremont County School District 25 has approved $59,560 to pay for design work on what superintendent Terry Snyder said is much needed work at the Riverton Aquatic Center.

The Riverton school board approved the expenditure last week.

The design work is slated to be done by Nelson Architects, LLC, and the actual repair costs are expected to be much higher.

"We don't have a real good feel for (the final pricetag) right now," Snyder said.

About half of the design funds will go toward the eventual replacement of the heating and cooling system in the pool's center lobby.

The other half will go to replacing the pool's boiler and a "very aging control system" that's been threatened by humidity.

The facility dates to the late 1980s.

While Snyder said district staff "don't believe there's a safety factor," the repairs are imperative to prevent any unfortunate co-mingling of water and electricity.

The inconvenient cost of the repairs comes as district staff have already been concerned and frustrated by the high cost of keeping the pool open as a public recreation facility instead of strictly for educational use and competitive swim practice and competition.

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