Gloversville Council OKs $15k Littauer Pool study

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Kim Larabee stands next to the former Littauer Pool, across from his residence on West Street in Gloversville. The Common Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve hiring engineering firm Barton & Loguidice for $15,750 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the costs of reopening the pool site.

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve hiring engineering firm Barton & Loguidice for $15,750 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the costs of reopening the Littauer Pool site at 159 West St.

The council voted Sept. 28 to solicit proposals from engineering firms for a feasibility study to look at the costs associated with upgrading and reopening the now derelict pool site, which was originally built in 1929.

The money for the feasibility study comes from a $24,100 grant from the Littauer Foundation the city received in 2007. The grant money hasn’t been tapped since 2009 when city officials approved spending $8,100 from the grant to pay for a summer recreation swim program, when the pool was still in operation, leaving about $16,000 remaining.

The city received two proposals to conduct the feasibility study with dramatically different cost estimates:

• Lothrop Associates LLP Architects, located in White Plains — $65,000.
• Barton & Loguidice, of Albany — $15,750.

First Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss said the council chose the low-bidder Barton & Loguidice, in part because the amount Lothrop Associates wanted to do the job was “ridiculous.”

City Department of Public Works Director Chris Perry told the council in September that a feasibility study would be required for obtaining any New York state grant funding in connection with any proposed improvements to the Littauer Pool site from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Mayor Vince DeSantis at the Sept. 28 meeting praised 4th Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio for having been a champion of drawing attention to the issue of what to do about Littauer Pool.

Weiss on Tuesday said she supports the feasibility study because the council needs to get a clear picture on what it would cost to reopen the pool.

“I don’t know whether it’s worth [spending money to rehabilitate the pool] or not. That’s why we need the engineering study,” Weiss said. “We have to find out exactly what it’s going to cost to do this. And besides just the cost of possibly putting it back together, we need to know the cost of liability insurance, the expense of maintaining it, the expense of lifeguards. So, there’s a lot of expenses involved in it. So, when we find out how much the total is, that’s when we’ll know if the city can really afford it.”

By Jason Subik

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