Nothing lasts forever and that includes swimming pools.
The popular outdoor swimming pool in Warfield is currently undergoing several facility renovations, including a new paint job and work on the seams.
Work on the pool seams has been tentatively scheduled for today, but has already been done twice before. The Village of Warfield hired a new contractor for the third attempt at repairing the pool seams, but preferred not to make a statement about why there’s a case of triple work being performed on the Warfield Centennial Pool.
“It was done about three years ago,” said Vince Morelli, the chief administrating officer for the Village of Warfield. “But it appears that the contractor did not do as good of a job as we thought so we’ve hired somebody else.”
The expenses of the pool seam repairs have reached close to $11,500.
But, that’s not the only problem on the waterfront.
The Rossland and Warfield pools are currently short staffed on lifeguards.
“We’re currently sharing staff,” said Morelli, “This is the first time we’ve never had enough applicants for the job.”
The village remains optimistic about hiring entry level and senior employees for the remaining positions this season. It’s possible that the village will provide additional training for employees because none of the aquatic staff currently have a pool-operating certificate to monitor pool chemistry, filter sizing and other maintenance tasks for pumps and motors.
“As long as we’ve got a pool,” said Mayor Bert Crockett in a Monday night council meeting, “we should be certified.”
Morelli and Teresa Mandoli have plans to attend a seminar in Cranbrook next week about writing pool policies. Morelli plans to investigate the protocol for the pool-operating certificate to learn more about how it’s possible to certify one aquatic staff member and a recreational director.