Walhalla plans Memorial Day pool opening
By CARLOS GALARZA-VEVE
WALHALLA — City officials have targeted the Memorial Day weekend for opening the refurbished Walhalla pool to the public.
At a work session this week, officials talked about a good time for opening the pool when Recreation Director John Galbreath brought up the subject. Galbreath said he would need time to begin preparations for opening the pool.
“We probably need about two months to start getting things ready and getting chemicals in,” Galbreath said.
Mayor Danny Edwards suggested Memorial Day.
“It’s not going to be warm enough before then, is it?” he asked.
Council member Jennifer Woodward Crawford liked the idea.
“If we opened Memorial Day weekend, we could open the next weekend and school would be out by then,” Crawford said.
Edwards agreed that Memorial Day would be a good date to plan and shoot for.
Councilman Tjay Bagwell said he’s had preliminary talks with a YMCA official about the Y using the Walhalla pool for recreational programs. In exchange, Bagwell said the YMCA could help with the hiring and training of lifeguards and doing other little things that could take some of the burden off Galbreath related to operating the pool.
“Nothing’s set in stone; it’s just preliminary,” Bagwell said.
Walhalla reopened the pool in the fall thanks to a communitywide effort from volunteers and donations that has raised more than $20,000 to date.
Oconee County Councilman Wayne McCall, who helped with the effort to reopen the pool, was glad to hear the city is already planning on opening it this year.
“I want kids in the water; I’m all for keeping that pool open,” McCall said Wednesday.
In an update on the progress with finishing the upgrades at Kaufmann Park, Utilities Director Scott Parris said two bids were received to complete the project — $52,800 from Duval Building and Grading and $57,385 from HMC Builders.
“Both of them look as if they put some thought into it,” Parris said. “The low bidder is just as qualified as the other.”
Walhalla has until March to use the remainder of a grant for more than $49,000 from the South Carolina Heritage Corridor for improvements to the Old Saint John’s Meeting House at Kaufmann Square Park.
Parris said the quotes include restrooms for men and women.
“You’ll have a completed bathroom when this is done,” Parris said.
A motion was made and approved to take the low bid to City Council in two weeks.
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