SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a meeting Jan. 13, the borough council introduced a bond ordinance for various improvements at the site of the South Plainfield Community Pool.
“The renovations are going to be significant,” Glenn Cullen, the borough’s CFO/administrator, told TAPinto South Plainfield.
Ordinance 2163, which passed 6-0 upon first reading, calls for ‘improvements to the pool house building, parking lot, Cady Lane, and other various site improvements…within the pool utility.’ Through the ordinance, the borough is seeking to appropriate $420,000 – including $400,000 in bonds or notes – to finance the project.
“In 2019 we took the steps to fund the renovation of the pool itself. At that time, the pool house and parking lot were not included in the project and, in October, [the council] hired a consultant to provide us with estimates on renovating the pool house and repaving the parking lot,” said Council President Christine Faustini, chair of the borough’s recreation committee, adding, “This past Monday we took the final steps to address and upgrade these additional parts of the facility so that all the enhanced amenities can be enjoyed this summer.”
Through the bond funding the borough is looking to fully renovate the pool house and make it handicap accessible. Projects include converting the first aid room into a family bathroom, flip-flopping the men’s and women’s bathrooms, installing all new windows, and repairing foundation issues at the corners of the building.
“We found some issues at the corners of the building that require some foundation work to be done,” said Cullen, noting that the plan is to also allocate funding toward the resurfacing and repaving of Cady Lane – specific to the pool area only – and perform precautionary repairs within the complex’s pump house.
“At the pump house there seems to be a more significant issue with one corner of the foundation; the pumps are all fine, but we want to make sure there is no shifting in the walls before we start laying down all new piping,” said Cullen, adding, “We are investing so much into this facility, we want to make sure everything, including things like the pump house, are addressed.”
Ordinance 2163 is scheduled, as of press time, to go up for a second reading and final vote at the Jan. 27 council meeting.
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