We wish we were writing with good news regarding the opening of our pools next weekend, but…
We suffered a major leak of our South pool pump suction lines recently, causing extensive damage to our pool room as tens of thousands of gallons of water sprayed everywhere. The pump lines have been replaced already, but we’re still working on getting all the drywall as well as electrical work redone. We’re not entirely sure of the damage to the adjoining bathrooms yet; our best guess is that all the plumbing is okay, but some walls will need to be replaced.
Also – oh yes, there’s a big “also” – the steel wall near the south pool diving board has started
to separate from the concrete deck, presenting a major safety (and possibly drainage) issue. Repair is scheduled, but we won’t know the extent of the damage until the area is excavated.
The North pool seems to be in decent shape, although we did have to replace the drain covers at considerable expense due to a federal mandate.
So what does this all mean? For starters, only the North pool will open in time for our traditional Memorial Day weekend start. We will be staffing it with two (instead of just one) lifeguards for the foreseeable future. We are suspending all pool parties for the time being. Our best guess for the South pool opening is currently late June; but that’s just a guess, not a promise.
It also means that we’ll have to dip into our savings quite a bit this year; as our insurance policy may only cover a portion of these damages. We’ve been good about penny- pinching & setting aside excess funds these last few years, but any other projects that have been discussed will have to be put on hold. Hopefully we’ll have a better picture of our financial situation by mid-summer.
Thank you for your patience & understanding throughout this whole ordeal. Thank you as
well to the board members who were able to attend tonight’s hastily-scheduled meeting. Your counsel is much appreciated.
We’ll try to provide weekly updates as the repairs progress.