City Manager Patrick Draper told the council that the city requested quotes from four companies to oversee the construction of the pool and only received two.
He recommended that the council approve hiring Goodgame Company, which would charge the city $80,000 to oversee the project as a construction manager. This service includes someone on-site to oversee the construction of the pool.
Draper said the city did not actually have to get quotes or bids from companies because it was considered a professional service.
He told the council it is important that the city move forward with contracting with the YMCA so that all parties are on-board for the actual planning, design and construction of the new pool.
“We need to get it built the way it needs to be built,” Draper said, adding that the YMCA could recommend pool contractors.
He said city officials have talked to YMCA officials for more than a year about operating a municipal pool.
“This is a great opportunity to partner with the city,” said Stan Long, CEO of the Birmingham Area YMCA.
He told the council Thursday that the YMCA currently operates 18 pools in the Birmingham metro area.
“We believe this could be a great partnership,” Long said. “We have had lots of meetings and lots of studies. … We believe we can make it work.”
According to the proposal between the YMCA and city, the city will lease the swimming pool, locker facility and other agreed upon space to the YMCA for $1 a year. The city will pay for all utilities and all major maintenance on the pool and mechanical systems.
The city will provide a bubble enclosure and all equipment needed to maintain off season use of the pool.
The city also agrees to jointly fund marketing expenses for pool operation.
The YMCA is responsible for the staff to operate the pool facility at the Pell City Civic Center.
It will develop and implement all programs and activities related to the pool.
The YMCA is responsible for the chemicals and testing and control of the water quality of the pool.
“All employees of pool facility and programs will be hired, trained and terminated by the YMCA,” the proposal states.
The YMCA will provide operational insurance for services in conjunction with casualty insurance secured by the city.
YMCA officials told the council Thursday that individual membership is $22 and family membership is $47 a month.
The charge would include the use of the Pell City Civic Center’s weight room, track and gym.
The proposed contract between the YMCA and the city is renewed annually and there is a 120 day notice to opt out of the agreement for both parties.
YMCA officials told the council they did not know what to expect in future membership, but anticipated deficit spending for the non-profit organization with costs related to pool operations.
YMCA officials said they hope to sign up at least 300 new members to make the partnership work.
YMCA officials said the pool in Alabaster is open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m-9 p.m., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon until 7 p.m. on Sundays, implying that the pool in Pell City would have similar operating hours.
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