September 9, 2004

Council Says Pool Is All It Is Cracked Up To Be

The city has been assured that hairline cracks that surfaced in the pool are minor problems that will have no long-term effects on the new facility.

Worries about a number of cracks that have popped up in the cement of the new swimming pool seem to have been short lived as members of the Memphis City Council discussed the progress being made on the city’s new aquatic center.

Mayor Ron Alexander reported meeting with the project engineer as well as the contractors. All involved parties agreed that the cracks that developed in the concrete floor were hairline width and were no more than a few inches deep, meaning they posed no danger structurally to the project.

“There are a few cracks, but they are no more than three inches deep in concrete that was poured 14 to 18 inches deep,” Alexander said. “If the contractor’s bonding agent is willing to guarantee the work, I don’t think we have anything to worry about.”

Superintendent Roy Monroe said the cracks actually were too small. He said the contractors may have to drill openings around the hairline imperfections to allow them to inject the chemical sealer which will fill the cracks and prevent further damage.

Monroe stated it was the sealer, which had been used on a few of the cracks already, that made the cracks seem much larger in photos such as those seen in the newspaper.

The rest of the pool project is progressing on schedule except for painting. Monroe stated that the warranty on the paint mandated that the cement be cured to a certain degree. Currently the moisture level in the cement is too high for painting.

“We’re ready for them to paint,” Monroe said. “I wish it had water in it [the pool] right now so we could be checking out all of our plumbing.”

City crews have finished the foundation and have poured the floor for the bathhouse. Workers have begun installing the sidewalks and will connect the bathhouse to the pool in the next couple of days.

The exterior work on the pump is nearly completed. Monroe indicated the pump has been hooked up and the filter systems are in place, meaning the city is ready to fill the pool once the painting has been completed.

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