GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — The entire Green Bay City Council will get a chance to weigh in on the Colburn Park pool next week.
The Parks Committee was supposed to pick a contractor to rebuild the Olympic-sized pool on Wednesday, but the members decided the decision required everyone’s input.
Earlier this week, the city received five different contractor bids to rebuild the 50-meter pool at Colburn Park in Green Bay.
The bids ranged from the highest at $6,257,000 to the lowest at $5,829,217, but even the cheapest bid is over budget.
“The city has committed to $3.5 million in city funds, and we have about $1 million in private fundraising. So we had $4.5 million, and the project is now over budget if we go ahead with it,” said David Nennig, District 5 Alderman.
If you add in the additional 10 percent contingency plan and $185,000 for a number of other projects that were not included in the bid, it’s well over budget. Those other projects include $95,000 for a second-phase engineer, $30,000 to remove asbestos and lead paint, $25,000 for soil and material testing, $20,000 to install the fiber optic cables to the computers and $15,000 for pool signage.
Alderman Christopher Wery believes there is a way to make it happen.
“I think we should take a portion of it, maybe half of it, from the stadium money that we got back. We still have almost $2 million for infrastructure, and this is infrastructure. Then the rest we will borrow,” said Wery.
Nennig said there are really only three options left: come up with the extra money, have the engineer prepare specs for a smaller pool or scrap it completely.
“It really comes down to how much the city wants to invest in it,” said Nennig.
Both Wery and Nennig believe a decision about the pool will be made at the next Green Bay City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at city hall.