TUPELO – City workers have started stripping the roof from the C.C. Augustus Pool house, the first step in repairing a long-festering problem.
Support beams, which have propped up the roof since 1962, started rotting years ago and made the building a hazard. In 2008, the Parks and Recreation Department had suggested closing the building – and the pool – but City Council members opposed it.
So last summer, the department installed temporary support beams, and the building was closed for about a week during the process. This time, the entire roof will be removed, redesigned and replaced, said Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis.
“We’d been putting it off for a couple of years,” Lewis said. “But we didn’t feel like it could make it another summer.”
C.C. Augustus is one of the city’s two remaining pools. It’s an outdoor facility located on North Green Street and open from early June to late July.
The roof project will cost about $50,000, with funds coming from the department’s aquatics budget. Lewis said the building will be closed until the work is complete. It will take several weeks.
The pool, however, will open as usual. Swimmers will be able to use the adjacent restrooms during the work period.
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