HUMPHREY – Humphrey City Council voted on June 18 to set the pre-bid conference for 2 p.m. today, and bids will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26.
A bid could be awarded at 2 p.m. on Monday August 1, followed by construction several weeks later.
“Our goal is to start construction in August or September 2022 and open in June 2023. In normal times, this is a very achievable timeline,” said Kevin McElyea, principal owner, principal planner and designer of Aquatic Design Consultants Inc.
“If there are ongoing issues in the supply chain, as we have experienced recently with equipment orders, the facility may have to open later this summer. There is no way to know at the moment, but we will do everything in our power to respect the desired schedule, ”he said.
The pool will feature a 6,150 square foot water surface, zero-depth entry and slides, and it will be heated.
The total estimated cost of the new pool is $4.26 million and $800,000 has been committed by donors for the pool. The goal of the Humphrey Area Aquatic Development Committee is to raise $1 million.
The city will issue bonds for $2.5 million for the new pool with an interest rate of 2.31%.
The bond issue is for 20 years, so the city has until 2042 to repay it. After five years, the city can refinance the bond issue. The annual payment from the City will be $156,000.
The taxpayer levy would be about 16 cents, or about $160 per $100,000 of assessment. However, this figure will be reduced due to voter collection of the half percent sales tax approved in November 2020. These sales tax revenues, which began to be collected in July 2020, are specifically intended at the pool.
At this stage, it is difficult to say how much will be collected to offset the levy, only that it will reduce the burden on taxpayers.
Of the total estimated cost of $4.26 million, the remaining amount needed to fund the pool would be money from the city’s capital improvement budget, which is money set aside for a new swimming pool, as well as private donations and possible subsidies.
The project received a $400,000 United States Assistance Program grant from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, as well as a $60,000 grant from the Advisory Committee from the Columbus Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.