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Repairs Begin But Problems Linger at Weston Pool

WESTON, Conn. — The floating concerns about the Weston Middle School pool are finally being resolved, Director of Parks and Recreation Dave Unger said Monday night.

Unger brought several issues about the pool's condition to the Parks and Recreation Commission in August. The problems included a broken urinal in the boys locker room, a septic odor in the girls locker room, flooding in the locker rooms, a broken pool vacuum and an overall air quality concern.

Since the summer and again after the Oct. 29 snowstorm when the middle school was used as an emergency shelter, Unger said, many residents and pool users expressed concern over its condition. The commission asked Unger to compile a report for Monday, giving an update.

Unger told the commission Monday that town employees, along with Board of Education employees, have been addressing the problems. Many have been resolved, he said, but some remain.

The septic odor in the girl’s locker room is from “the pump for the sewage in the building.” That pump is located in a closet next to the locker and “when the building is in heavy use, sometimes the smell goes into the girls side,” the report states. Parks and Rec officials said in the report they will “notify the school custodian … when the smell gets really bad.” Unger said Monday night this is an “ongoing” issue at the pool, but it does not occur on a regular basis.

As for the locker room flooding, Unger said, “this has always been a problem.” He blamed the roof drains from the flat pool roof. There “is not quick fix,” Unger said Monday, but the problem is being addressed.

The report also states:

• The urinal in boys locker room has been replaced and has been fixed.

• Handicap showers were replaced and now have working hand nozzles.

• The pool vacuum is working but during one week in July the cleaning crew did not clean the pool.

• All electrical issues in the filter room have been addressed.

• New diving blocks have been ordered. Installation is awaiting a bid for contractors.

After Monday's meeting, Unger said problems are common at a pool this old and with such high usage. The pool, he said, is 35 to 40 years old and is used 11 months of the year, seven days a week.

“With an environment like this, there is always something," Unger said. "Over the years, pool maintenance is a constant evolving process just to keep it running, so this is nothing new."

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