The Honey Lake Valley Community Pool is now full of water. If everything goes according to plan, the pool should be open to the public by July 1 or sooner. Photo submitted

New community pool may open by July 1

All those folks — young and old alike — who’ve been waiting and waiting for a chance to take a dip in the Honey Lake Valley Community Pool won’t have to wait much longer.

Jared Hancock, the administrative officer for the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority, said Modern Building, Inc., the contractor who built the pool, has nearly completed work on the project.

“We’re really happy with the construction and product,” Hancock said. “There are a number of smaller items we want them to address, and they’ve been making those repairs for the last couple of weeks.”

Modern Building filled the pool last Thursday, and Hancock said there’s a two-week break-in period in which the contractor verifies that all the systems necessary to operate the pool function correctly. Once that break-in period is complete, Modern will host an orientation and training session regarding the operation of the pool.

“We’re going to have a few people trained,” Hancock said.

At the same time, the city is seeking employees for the pool, including a pool director/ manager, an assistant pool manager, a head swim instructor, swim instructors, a head life guard and life guards. Hancock said those who already possess the appropriate certifications should apply now. Those who are interested but don’t have the necessary certifications can attend upcoming training sessions and then apply.

Applications and letters of interest should be mailed to Jared Hancock, City Administrator, 66 N. Lassen St., Susanville, CA 96130.

“We’ll be holding some training sessions with the Red Cross, hopefully in the next two weeks,” Hancock said. “They’re going to come up here, and we’ll do the training locally, mostly for the lifeguards but probably

some swim instructor training as well.” In order to save money, local crews will create the landscaping once the contractor has completed the job.

Hancock said the original contract for the pool was just over $3.1 million, “and that was more than we wanted to commit to the construction. We pared the scope of work down to $2.75 million. The way we were able to get those savings was by taking on other duties … We cut out timing equipment, we cut out landscaping … ”

While Hancock said he was looking at a July 1 date to open the pool to the public, he said it may open a week or two sooner.

The first step, Hancock said is getting a pool director on board. He said the authority had conducted recruitment, and those candidates were offered an opportunity to be considered in a second recruitment conducted by the city.

“I think we’ll be able to make an announcement about two weeks from now,” Hancock said.