Funding a concern for Colburn Pool, Bay Beach Improvements

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- It’s back to committees for two major Green Bay projects after council members vote to take a closer look at funding options.

Colburn pool renovations and the proposed Bay Beach Improvement project both made their rounds at city council Tuesday night.

At the most recent parks committee meeting, the lowest bid to renovate Colburn Pool still came in more than $2 million over budget

Miron Construction’s bid of $5.6 million includes a renovated Olympic-size pool, eight lap lanes and a renovated bathhouse.

Here’s a breakdown of the figure: The city has already bonded for $3.5 million for the pool from past proposed bids that failed, the community is still donating about $850,000 and if the pool is closed for renovations this summer, the city would save another $60,000.

However, even with all of those amounts, the Parks Department said the city is still about $2 million short.

Alderman Chris Wery, a long-time supporter of the pool plans to sit down with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt within the next week, after the mayor voiced concerns over operating costs.

“I think we should look at how much we have in fundraising,” said Wery. “If we turn down this project, you are looking at $500,000 in plans that went for nothing. You’d be wasting a half-a-million dollars on nothing so that’s government waste at its worst.”

The proposed $5 million Bay Beach improvement project, which includes a sand beach, board walk and pier, is also being sent back to staff to look at fundraising options.

At the city council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Schmitt asked the council to contribute $3 million to the project. Schmitt said the remaining $2 million would be paid for with grants and donations.

Both projects are sent back to committee for further discussion.



 
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