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Pool officials to wrap up repairs at end of the month

Nome’s only swimming pool was closed to switch from a saltwater system to chlorine last summer. It was supposed to reopen in September, but manufacturing delays and supply chain challenges have delayed the opening. 

Contractors are making repairs to the pool, according to a release from the City of Nome. 

Glenn Steckman, the city manager, made the decision to close the pool to prevent further damage. In a city council meeting last month, Steckman said the old pool equipment was being “eaten alive” by corrosive materials.

According to the release, further improvements to the gutters, tiles and deck drains will be made over the next few years. But initially, the maintenance to the mechanical system will extend the life of the pool another 30 years.

The mechanical system being replaced has to align with State of Alaska Administrative Code and OSHA requirements. Mechanical manufacturer representatives will warranty the new system at the end of the month (Feb. 26) and train staff how to operate it. 

The pool will reopen when all staff have received adequate training, the release says. The City Manager’s Office is offering tours of the pool improvements, those interested should call 907-443-6600.

Photo at top: No Parking’ sign in front of Nome Swimming Pool entrance. This door leads to the tunnel that connects to Nome-Beltz High School. Photo from Joe Coleman, KNOM (April, 2020).

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