NEWTON, NJ—Without any additional public input the Newton Town Council approved the bond ordinance to repair and improve the pool on Wednesday.

During the October 16 meeting, the council voted for Ordinance 2019-9, which authorizes a bond sale of $380,000 to make repairs to the pool.

At the September 11 meeting,17 members of the public spoke after a presentation on the findings of the pool study was done. Joseph D. Perello, Vice President of Suburban Consulting Engineers Inc. and John Chayko, Engineer of Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc made three recommendations to the council.

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The five council members supported a hybrid option; option 1 was something that definitely needed to happen and that they wanted parts of Option 2, but not all of it. The entire council felt that if they were going to be making improvements to the pool now in order to open it for the 2020 summer season, they might as well do all the improvements, so they would not have to close the pool again to do more of the improvements.  

The other modification that the council made to Option 2 was that they wanted to keep the deep end at a minimum depth of nine feet, have starting blocks for the Newton Swim Team that utilizes the pool the most, keep one water slide, and look at a hybrid of a mix of bench stairs and ADA compliant ramps in the shallow end.

The three options were:

  • Option 1: Removal & re-plastering of finish surface- estimated cost of $200k-$250K
  • Option 2: Removal & re-plastering of finish surface, new steps, shallowed deep end, & subsurface drainage improvements- estimated cost of $325K-$375K
  • Option 3: Demolition of existing site & new pool configuration, water park features, water slide & vortex feature, & underwater benches- estimated cost of greater than $800k