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Opening of pool postponed

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The opening of the Forest Park pool has been postponed until further notice.

"The pool is usually opened around June 1. By now, we have already started putting water in," Brazil City Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries said. "We can't do that yet."

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect Dec. 19, 2008, requiring the installation of anti-entrapment drain covers and other systems, as outlined in the act.

"In order for our pool and other pools to be opened, we must be compliant with this law," Jeffries said.

The act was signed into law by former President George W. Bush on Dec.19, 2007.

The parks board has been working with the Spear Corporation, Roachdale, to meet the required safety changes that were enacted by Congress.

"This is a national law, so it isn't just us or the state of Indiana, it is everybody that is making these changes and the companies are very busy," she said.

Spear did the evaluation and drafted plans it believed would make them compliant, however the engineers did not approve the design. A second set of plans were drafted and approved, and the board is now waiting on the company to make the changes.

"We have sent the required money, and we have tried to get a time commitment from the company but we can't," she said. "If we want to open we have to do this."

Jeffries estimated the project will cost approximately $14,000. The board is working with Clay County Environmental Health Specialist William "Bill" Hale and Clay County Health Officer Dr. Rahim Farid will determine the compliancy.

"We have done everything that we are suppose to do as far as working with Spear Corporation the board of health, and the inspections," Jeffries said. "Now it is just a waiting game, to see when the repairs can be made."

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