North Vernon moves forward on pool project

North Vernon officials have given approval to proceed on the project for a new city pool and water park. Dave O’Mara was awarded the project in September, but the $3,334,000 price tag was more than the city wants to spend.

City Council voted Monday night to approve the Notice to Proceed, after approving an initial change order to the project. Officials say these changes, which include reductions in landscaping and the pool deck area, will lower construction costs by over 166-thousand dollars. A future change order, impacting interior finishes for the project, is expected to cut another $7,750 in costs. If all goes as anticipated, the project is expected to cost about $3.176 million.

This new facility is slated to replace the existing pool at the city park. North Vernon officials decided not to open the pool last summer due to damages to the liner and floor.