YMCA pools still dry

Contractor faces issues with circuit breakers, Jan. 29 is new open date

Photo by Jody Isaackson Three Marshall Area YMCA lifeguards scrubbed the stainless steel trench drain around the large pool just before the holidays. The project was linked with the upgrade of the heating and cooling systems to save downtime.

MARSHALL — Swimmers from the Marshall Area YMCA will be continuing their trek to the Southwest Minnesota State University pool for a couple more weeks, said Tom Bolin, YMCA executive director.

The YMCA pools were part of a renovation and environmental upgrade beginning just before the holidays. With the facility shut down to replace some of the heating and cooling systems, the pool upgrades were also undertaken.

“This project is critical to our operations and work has primarily taken place on the roof and in the geothermal pump room,” Bolin said. “I am pleased to report significant advancement has been made and we are looking forward to resuming normal operations.”

However, he also said he had the unpleasant duty to report the contractors have encountered a couple of barriers causing the YMCA to adjust its Aquatic Center reopen date to Monday, Jan. 29.

“In short, there is an amperage conflict with our existing circuit breakers, which could void the warranty on the new geothermal heat pumps,” Bolin told Y members.

“Piping to the new rooftop unit needs modification, requiring specialized heating and insulation to shield any future damage to the system.”

Lastly, he said, the extreme cold experienced during the early weeks of the project hindered the progress of contractors completing detailed work on the roof while exposed to the elements.

Because of this, members and program participants will continue their swim schedules at the SMSU pool with the following schedules:

Session 1 of Saturday morning lessons will proceed as scheduled with the Jan. 20 and 27 classes at SMSU and all remaining sessions at the Y.

“Participants will be provided with information and it will be posted on our website (marshallareaymca.org),” Bolin said.

Session I of Tuesday/Thursday swim lessons will be canceled. YMCA staff will be contacting all Session I registrants to make accommodations for future sessions, he said. Options will include switching to Saturday lessons, moving to a future Tuesday/Thursday session or receiving a refund.

“The contractors are working extended hours to ensure this new schedule,” Bolin said. “We expect no further delays.”

Inquiries can be made to tbolin@marshallareaymca.org or by phone at 507-532-9622.