Hartley, Iowa — The brand new Hartley City pool is almost ready to open. Except, there’s a problem. A fairly big problem. And for the time being, bathers will need to continue to wait or swim elsewhere.
Hartley City Administrator Erica Haack tells us about the electrical inspection issue.
She says the electrical issue could necessitate some demolition of brand-new concrete.
Obviously, if that’s the case, that’s going to mean some significant delays, says Haack. We asked her if it was safe to say that there’s a good chance the pool will not open this year after all.
Haack says they don’t know yet if there will be any legal action taken.
Haack tells Hartley residents and pool patrons that they’re sorry about the issues.
The $1.7 million bond issue passed in March 2021 for the roughly $3 million project. In December, the pool project received a $350,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant from the Enhance Iowa Board. According to the plans, the project includes the new community pool and bathhouse. The pool is to include zero-depth entry, basketball hoops, volleyball nets, an ADA lift, sunshades, and lap lanes.