BOC closes Kaliseum pool due to structural concerns

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – London Bridge might not be falling down, despite lyrics to the contrary, but the Kaliseum Recreation Complex might be another issue.

The Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners voted, 5-2, at a special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 12, to close the pool area at the Kaliseum indefinitely until officials have time to conduct an evaluation into potential structural issues.

District No. 3 Commissioner Kohn Fisher, vice chairman of the county board, said the meeting was called after a bolt, as well as “bags of rust,” fell from the facility’s roof or adjacent areas above the pool the day before.

“We do have a 5/8th-inch bolt that fell from the ceiling that’s rusted,” Fisher said. “We were just concerned that there might be other fasteners in the area that are in similar shape.

“There was quite a bit of concern.”

The special meeting included a “walk-through” of the building, allowing commissioners to see potential weak points in the structure, such as “chunks of rust falling from the ceiling,” Fisher added.

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