A firm hired to see if a new city swimming pool makes sense for Peru is ready to move ahead with a feasibility study.
George Deines of Counsilman-Hunsaker based in St. Louis told the Peru City Council Monday night they’ll start this week on a 3 to 4 month feasibility study. After that it could take up to a year for the city to figure out funding sources before a year’s worth of designing. Bidding and actual construction then could take more than a year.
Deines didn’t venture to predict a price for a new swimming pool. He says most pools are now geared towards all age groups and are looked at as aquatic centers with multi-uses.
When it came time for public opinion, Gina Martin questioned if there’s room for a pool next to the splash pad. She also hopes the public will have input on a pool design.
Marvin Gum meanwhile wondered about costs like a pool manager and chemicals. He says he’s “dead against” a new pool and told WLPO News that the best thing that ever happened was when the current mayor closed the old pool. The 83-year-old Gum made the comments while wearing a shirt saying “No Pool, More Asphalt.”