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Greensburg pool work continues despite difficulty finding contractors

Jacob Tierney
| Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

Work on Veterans’ Memorial Pool in Greensburg will go on as planned despite a lack of contractors for some aspects of the project.

The city originally planned to hire one contractor to handle the entire $850,000 project but decided to break the job up into smaller parts in hopes of attracting more specialized, cost-effective bidders.

Instead, the city received one bid each for the plumbing improvements and the installation of a new pool liner, and no bids for electrical work or replacing the roof on the bathhouse.

The city last week hired Aquatic Renovation Systems of Indianapolis to install the liner at a cost of $84,000 and Whitby Plumbing of Uniontown to handle the plumbing at a cost of $243,000.

Council last month hired Pittsburgh contractor Golon Inc. in a $290,000 deal to pour concrete and demolish defunct structures at the pool.

Despite attracting few bids, the project is coming together under budget, according to pool manager Trudy Ivory.

“I feel that the pricing that we got even with just the single bidders in those areas was very good pricing, where we thought we’d come in at,” she said.

Demolition work began recently.

The pool is closed this year for the renovations, which will add a splash park, new water slides and more.

The city is looking into options for the electrical work and roof replacement, Ivory said.

Most of the electrical work likely can be handled in-house by city electricians, and Ivory is meeting with roofing contractors.

Work is still expected to be finished by the end of the year, Ivory said.

“It’s gotten started a little later than I had hoped, but there’s stumbling blocks in everything that you do,” she said.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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