BURNWORTH POOL: Repairs could top $1 million

COLUMBIA CITY — The verdict is in on the Burnworth Pool, and a detailed assessment revealed it would take more than $1 million to make the repairs necessary to keep the facility operational.City officials have planned meetings to discuss the issue.“The park board has decided to host two Community Forums to hear from the citizens of Columbia City,” said Parks Department Director Mark Green in a press release.“Mayor (Ryan) Daniel will be facilitating these forums that are scheduled to be held at the Peabody Library.”According to Green, the first forum will be held Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.The second will be held Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.“The park board would like to have you express your concerns and or opinions regarding the future of Burnworth Pool,” Green said.The results of the pool assessment have been posted online at www.columbiacityparks.us/Pool.htm.The study was conducted by HWC Engineering of Indianapolis in conjunction with Spear Corporation, an aquatic consultant.The assessment cited three main areas in need of repairs or replacement —the pvc membrane (liner), the filtration system and the pool heater.Those areas and others are estimated to cost $1.1 million.The pool opened in 1960 and originally cost $76,800.