Kaliseum pool remains closed pending further investigation

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – The closed sign remains up at the pool in the Kaliseum Recreation Complex while county officials continue to investigate why a “fastener” fell from somewhere around the structure’s roof earlier this month.

According to members of the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners, the pool was closed after a 5/8th-inch bolt fell to the floor below. District No. 2 Commissioner, the current chairman of the board, said the situation had the potential to cause a fatal accident, leading to the indefinite closure of the pool.

“We closed that section of the building,” McKinnon said. “We want to make sure it’s safe for the public before we open it back up.”

To date, McKinnon said the board’s Department of Public Works Committee has interviewed four engineering firms. The winning firm would be charged with conducting a preliminary study on whether the pool area is safe enough to be reopened and what repairs might be needed.

The cost of such a study could be between $2,000 and $15,000, McKinnon said, citing the interviews with the various engineering companies.

“This is just for the inspection to see if it’s OK for human occupancy,” he added. And, the DPW Committee could host a special meeting yet this week to pick a firm.

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