No new news on Opp pool

Published 12:02 am Saturday, August 16, 2014

More than seven months after the city of Opp announced that the projected cost of the city’s veteran’s pool project was $1.25 million, and a year since it received a $100,000 contribution, Mayor John Bartholomew said Friday there was nothing new to report on the project.

“We hope to have an update on that soon,” he said. “As well as other things in the city.”

The project is expected to include a state-of-the-art facility, which will feature a splash area for children; a waterfall monument with etchings of the nation’s conflicts; and a pavilion, which will be equipped with a small kitchenette, available for party rental, as well as restroom facilities.

Site work has already begun on the project and completion is slated for next summer.

A $100,000 contribution has been made from the Estep Foundation to fund the project and additional money is to be raised through community donations.

The pool is located in Opp’s District 2, and councilman T.D. Morgan said Friday he had no updates on the project, either.

Earlier this year, Morgan disputed the necessity of the project’s cost.

“I don’t feel that there is any reason that a pool should cost that much,” he said. “The answer I got was that it was a state-of-the-art facility, and that’s it. No one would say what that extra $1 million was for.”

Initial estimates provided by the city were for $250,000.

City Planner Jason Bryan explained that cost was not only for the pool, and that the $1.25 million was for the whole project.

Earlier this year, the former pool, which was constructed in 1942, was demolished.

The property had not been used for almost a decade.