Pool repair work underway

$216,921 plan targets 60-day completion


"The Pheonix has landed," said Pecos County Commissioners Court Judge Joe Shuster regarding the start of repairs to the Comanche Springs Swimming Pool.

The “phoenix” reference was toward the company doing the work, Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, despite some rain-related challenges, work started Monday, July 9.

Shuster says the base contract amount for the repairs is $216,921 with a contingency of up to $50,000.

Shuster provided the update during the Monday commissioners meeting.

There is a 60-day completion schedule; however, a clause exists for weather delays.

"They're losing time now with all this rain," said Shuster. "It's like when we want it to rain, it never rains. But now that it's been raining so much, we want it to stop.”

The board had previously approved entering into a contract with Phoenix I Restoration & Construction at its June 25 meeting. At that meeting, the commissioners also continued it contractual rate with Wiss, Janeny, Elstner Associates, Inc. for the engineering and design work on the pool.

The project's beginning was delayed due to Sunday's storm, which flooded the caverns beneath the swimming pool.

The Pheonix construction crew spent the majority of their first day pumping water from underneath the swimming pool and worked on repairing a poolside canopy that was titling from sinking in the area.

After enough water was cleared, the first slabs of concrete were removed at exactly 5 p.m.

The Pioneer will continue to provide updates on the repair project.