Following a four-day closure for unexpected maintenance, the Pickerington Community Pool was reopened Aug. 19.

Following a four-day closure for unexpected maintenance, the Pickerington Community Pool was reopened Aug. 19.

Problems with a motor that circulates water and a pipe leak forced the pool to close for four days.

City officials also announced they will extend the pool season by one weekend due to the "inconvenience" caused by the problems.

"We are going to extend (the season) for one more weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12 for the hours of noon to 8 p.m.," said Rebecca Medinger, Pickerington's recreation administrator. "We considered extending it longer, but all of our pool staff is going back to school. We've got enough staff to extend it just one more weekend."

The pool, which Pickerington purchased for $655,000 from Dave and Andrea Watros in January 2008, was closed Aug. 15 after workers noticed a problem with the motor that circulates pool water.

"The motor did need to be repaired with new wiring," said Ed Drobina, Pickerington's service director. "It was cheaper than buying a new one, and quicker than buying a new one.

"That motor runs the recirculation pump we need to keep chemicals in the pool up to requirements."

The motor repairs cost $1,135. City officials had planned to reopen the pool after the work was finished on Aug. 18, but then a leak was found in the pool's piping, which meant the facility remained closed for another day.

"We got the motor back (Aug. 18) and we hooked it all up, but we found a leak in the plumbing," Drobina said. "It was causing water to spray on the motor."

He couldn't say definitively, but guessed the leak caused the problem with the pool's motor. While a total for the plumbing repairs wasn't initially known, he said it likely will cost approximately $1,300 or less.

The motor and piping were replaced when Pickerington purchased the pool, and Drobina said he was surprised problems had arisen so shortly afterward.

In an effort to avoid future closures during pool season, city manager Bill Vance recommended that Pickerington City Council approve funding for the purchase of a backup motor prior to next swim season. Barring currently unforeseen opposition, the appropriation is expected to be included in the city's 2011 budget.

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