The reconstruction and eventual reopening of Tehachapi's only indoor pool is a little closer, and the good news is that it will come with very little out of pocket cost to the taxpayers.
Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District Manager Matt Young announced the awarding of the winning bid at last week's regular TVRPD board meeting for reconstructing the aging pool facility, which will be covered by the district's insurance company, with the exception of the district's $2,000 deductible.
Closed since May 8, after mold was discovered in two areas, the pool has been undergoing a major makeover, which began with the installation of a new, more modern roof in June.
Since then, the facility has undergone structural abatement and demolition.
Now that the mold has been eradicated, the building will undergo the final step in its long overdue renovation, which will include a paint job and a facelift to the restroom facilities, lobby and office areas.
The winning bidder was Bakersfield-based Service Master, with an estimate of $50,906.59, which, according to district Maintenance Foreman Mike Walsh, was selected as the most qualified of the three contractors who answered the bid. The other bidders were Superior Construction and Alert Disaster Restoration.
Walsh also said the scope of work, which will take approximately 45 days and begin as early as the end of the month, will include putting back together everything that has been removed, like drywall, lighting, ceiling and wall insulation.
"It also includes addressing accessibility issues," he said. "Bringing the facility to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards."
The Dye will also be outfitted with an ADA-compliant restroom, showers and change room upgrades, along with the installation of a compliant chairlift to facilitate pool access.
In other news, the Master Plan workshop has been tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the district headquarters, 490 W. "D" St.
"I look forward to a very positive workshop to put this plan into action," Young said.
The complete 473-page master plan is now online for the public to view at tvrpd.org.