The Winchester Public Pool almost has completed most of the second phase of replacing its filter and bath house. Jacksonville-based Doyle Plumbing and Heating handled the first phase of the project — replacing the filter house and installing new filters back in June.
Greg Hillis of Benton & Associates gave an update to the WInchester City Council Wednesday night about the completion of work by Trotter General Contracting from Industry: “All the masonry’s been done. The demo for Trotter, all the demo has been completed. It’s at 100%, and then the carpentry for Trotter, he’s at 100% there, and the carpentry labor is at 88%. It still has[sic] stuff inside to complete, so with this pay-up occasion, we’re told $63,969.25 of the work has been completed as we discussed. “
Completion of the project was supposed to take place earlier this summer but COVID-19 had slowed both work and city funds to the project. Contractors were also dealing with a shortage of construction material in some places because the pandemic had caused new construction to boom and prices to rise.
Winchester’s old bath and filter houses were original to when the pool was built in 1964. They were in poor condition and required regular repairs on a yearly basis. The city broke the initial construction into two phases to save on cost. With work almost complete, the pool should be ready, provided there is a summer season in 2021.