Moundsville City Council to Vote on Four Seasons Pool Fix

Photo by Alan Olson Moundsville Parks and Recreation Director Rico Coville gives a report on the integrity of the Four Seasons Pool.

More discussion was held Tuesday evening over the future of Moundsville’s Four Seasons Pool — with the idea of converting it to a seasonal pool again revisited — before city council’s finance committee decided to move ahead with a vote to begin repairing the roof.

Committee member Phil Remke again proposed the idea of converting the pool into a seasonal pool to save expenses. Parks and Recreation Director Rico Coville pointed out the conversion process would essentially mean building an entirely new facility.

“If you’re going to make it a seasonal pool, and it’s going to stay outside, it’s not going to sustain a winter like this,” Coville said. “It is not made to be outside. One winter like this would destroy it. You’d need a whole new pool facility, and you’d need to start over.”

The pool is currently used by several swim teams in the region, including John Marshall High School. Coville noted that converting the pool, or adding structures such as slides to the sides, would end the swim teams’ involvement due to a lack of lanes.

Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt, as she has for months, disagreed with the notion of making the pool seasonal, saying that she saw it as one of the city’s unique draws. Having the only indoor municipal pool in the region made the pool available for hydrotherapy sessions for senior citizens and the injured.

“Having an indoor pool makes Moundsville unique. There’s not a city owned pool that’s indoor,” DeWitt said. “We can’t offer the citizens a lot, in the way of maintaining their health and stuff, but this is something we can offer.”

“There’s a lot of citizens in the area, not just Moundsville, that rely on that pool,” added Gene Saunders.

Chief among the repairs needed at the pool, pending the replacement of the dehumidifier unit, purchased last month, is significant damage to the roof, leading to leaks in several parts of the building.

“There’s at least nine different areas of the roof that leak,” Coville said. “There’s areas that you can put your hand right through. You can see insulation sticking out in a lot of places. And we can never get the men and women’s locker rooms dry.”

“You just spent $200,000 on the dehumifidying system. If you’re going to make it seasonal, you shouldn’t have spent that money. The pool has plenty of potential, and I think if you guys keep moving forward and putting an investment, I think things can turn around.”

Seeking to apply for a grant through McKinley and Associates, which would match funding from the council for certain work, City Manager Deanna Hess suggested $200,000 from the city, which was accepted by council.

“Me and Rico had talked about this. We decided somewhere in the vicinity of $200,000,” Hess said. “Rico and I don’t want to miss out this time. We need to make sure we get (the application in), and even if we don’t get it, it’s easier for next time.”

Councilman David Wood suggested council take decisive action at next week’s council meeting.