City Manager Jim Buston delivered an update on the pool at the HealthPlus Fitness Center — located at East Alabama Medical Center — during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
“[EAMC] is not interested in a long-term lease of the pool,” Buston said. “If we really wanted to lease the pool, they would be interested in a 9-to-12-month lease.”
The facility needs to be repaired to be up to code, Buston said. The pool has multiple nonfunctional systems that need to be replaced and its boiler will not last much longer than the leasing period, Buston said.
The City did not discuss the exact cost of the lease because Buston cited too many deal-breakers. Roughly three months out of the 9-to-12-month lease would be spent doing repairs if the City were to lease the pool.
The pool entrance would also need to be updated so that it complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. EAMC will also be doing construction in other parts of the facility, potentially disrupting pool operations.
EAMC would not supply staffing, instructors, towels or maintenance of the leased area if an agreement was reached, Buston said. That means EAMC’s water therapy and fitness classes — the subject of much concern over the pool’s closing — would be discontinued even though the pool would be open, Buston said.
The pools planned for the Boykin Community Center will be prioritized going forward, Buston said.
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