Oppio Pool opened in 1966 and closed in June 2011 due to inability to fund improvements to keep the facility up to new codes. City leaders deemed Deer Park Pool “in close enough proximity to serve the residents of this area,” and city documents said the Parks and Recreation staff is currently working on its Master Plan, which could bring potential improvements to the site after demolition.
“The existing pool facility has not been used in the last several years, and has been an area that has experienced considerable graffiti and vandalism,” Deputy City Manager Neil Krutz said in a staff report. “Based upon these issues, the City determined that it would be best served to demolish this facility.”
Chris Cobb, Capital Projects Manager for the City of Sparks, said the demolition was much more involved than “just filling the pool in with dirt.” He said crews will be digging down three feet to remove any pipes and other objects to avoid discovering them later should something new be built on the land.
The site will also require asbestos abatement through a separate city contract worth about $2,800. The pool demolition will include removal of two buildings, concrete flat work and the existing pool to a depth of three feet. The site will then be replaced with select fill and decomposed granite, according to Krutz.
•The Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) was tied to a number of agenda items at Monday afternoon’s meeting, one of which was the approval of a contract with Applied Mechanical, Inc. to replace aging HVAC equipment in the Administration and Headworks buildings. The contract totals $577,000 but the City of Sparks is only responsible for $181,004 because of a cost-sharing agreement with the City of Reno.
“The equipment has performed beyond its designed useful life and needs to be replaced,” Krutz said in a staff report. “Failure of this equipment would have potential impacts on the health and safety of the community.”
•The Council also approved Carollo Engineering to supply its Electronic Operations and Maintenance Manual, a comprehensive document requiring an update from its 2007 version. The contract with Carollo Engineers is worth $295,000 and the City of Sparks is responsible for $92,823 of the cost.
The Electronic Operations and Maintenance Manual will provide an “all-encompassing compilation of operating procedures, plant drawings, operational and maintenance data, and institutional knowledge all accessible from a desktop or portable device,” according to Krutz. “This format will be updatable, and will tie together all the widely disseminated data that the TMWRF facility has generated in 50 years of operation and make it accessible for maintenance, operations and training activities.
“TMWRF staff understands the need and importance of having an up-to-date, accurate and user-friendly Operations and Maintenance manual that provides the basis for operating the facility,” Krutz said. “The benefit to the ratepayer and the city will be improved training of staff, preservation and accessibility of knowledge, and more efficient operations without the need for engineering and training staff associated with large regional facilities such as TMWRF.”
•Another expenditure made at Monday’s meeting was the approval of the 15th Street Alley Rehabilitation project being headed up by Peavine Construction, a job worth more than $55,000. The project has been prioritized from the City’s Pavement Management System and will aid transportation on the street near Dairy Queen in west Sparks. The project includes removal and replacement of deteriorated asphalt pavement, grading and installing a concrete valley gutter.
•The Sparks Parks and Recreation Department will continue its Leisure Without Limits program in 2013 after the City Council accepted a $30,000 grant from the E.L. Cord Foundation. The Leisure Without Limits program offers a weekly arts and crafts program, weekly bowling program, annual dances and a teen day camp, known as Teen Discovery, for those living with disabilities.
Parks and Rec. Director Tracy Domingues said the E.L. Cord Foundation and other philanthropic organizations have kept the program going for five years running. Councilwoman Julia Ratti voiced her “significant gratitude” toward the E.L. Cord Foundation for “making sure these programs happen in the community.”
•On a lighter note, the Council approved a funding request for the Tigé MyWake Global Challenge, a video-based web contest for wakeboarders that culminates in a final event at the Sparks Marina.
The Sparks Tourism and Marketing Committee approved $20,000 for the 2013 summer event, which will complement Friday’s US Open of Watercross event at the Sparks Marina, featuring personal watercraft racing and stunts for the second consecutive year.