City pool

City staff promised the commission a list of proposals for repair, renovation and expansion of the municipal pool will be coming in June.

"We will look at repairing it and keep doing what we are doing, repairing plus additional enhancements or do we abandon that and completely replace the pool. They are looking at various options,” said city manager Bob Myers.

A meeting has happened with a company that renovates old pools. A discussion of the future of the pool with the Newton Recreation Commission, which operates the pool for the city, began about a year ago.

After some initial phone conversations about the pool, the city and recreation commissions met in October to discuss the future of the pool. Work on the pool restarted this spring.

“We will have something for you in June,” said Suzanne Loomis, director of public works for the city.

The commission directed city staff to meet with the Recreation Commission to discuss options for the pool in October of last year.

At that time, options along with “very rough” cost estimates included; leaving the existing pool and dealing with maintenance needs ($186,800; hiring a consultant and renovating the pool ($3 million); and hiring a consultant and building an aquatics park ($6 million).



Law enforcement center


Renovations to the current law enforcement center which houses the Harvey County Sheriff's Department and the Newton Police Department on East Seventh are inching forward — with architectural drawings expected next week.


There is a meeting set this week where representatives of the city, county, police the sheriff's office and architects will be looking at drawings for facility improvements.


“The question will be whether or not everything has been included to everyone's satisfaction if there is anything that needs to be changed in that,” Myers said. “The intent will be for the architect to move and finalize those plans. At that point, we can put some dollar figures to that.”


Once those estimates are finalized, there will be a joint meeting of the city and county to discuss how to split those costs.


“We are getting closer to getting that ready,” Myers said.


The city is investigating renovations to the current facility in lieu of building a new police station on property in the 300 block of Main Street the city now owns.


“The worst thing we could do is go and build a new $8 million to $10 million law enforcement and court facility and find that 10 years from now we have outgrown it already. This will buy some time so we can find out what our future staffing needs will be,” Myers said.


A project to remove lead from a pistol firing range housed in the law enforcement center has been completed this year as the city and county consider renovations.





Slate Creek restoration


The project will fix erosion and issues along a street of Slate Creek between Old Main and Plum Streets. The project was first brought to the commission in December.


Property owners along the creek were contacted and met with to discuss the project.


The project is expected to cost $250,000, funded from the sanitary sewer reserve fund.


The bid date is June 7. The project will begin in late June if bids are approved and awarded by the commission.


Secure a sanitary sewer structure, deal with collapsed infrastructure and restore the banks of the creek.