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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Press Release - Aquatic Center Update (7/2/2021)

Press Release - Update on Aquatic Center


July 2, 2021                  

 Cameron Aquatic Center Construction Update

We at the City of Cameron understand your frustration with not being able to physically see any forward momentum on the new pool. We felt it would be appropriate to provide the community with an update. While it looks like there has been no progress, we at the City have been diligently working on your behalf to get the new pool open. All of the behind the scenes work that has taken place in order to get the design, funding, planning and contractor negotiations in place to be able to break ground.

With the delay in the election for the voter approved tax increase being moved from April to June, this caused an unforeseen delay and an updated timeline to our original aggressive goal of not closing for a season. As soon as you, the citizens, were able to approve the sales tax, we got right to work by selecting a consultant, Lamp Rynearson, to design the pool. Shortly after this, the Park Board decided to move forward with a process called Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). This is different than a traditional design-bid-build project and involves a delivery method which entails a commitment by the Construction Manager (CM) to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) which is based on the construction documents and specifications. This also allowed design to continue while interviews for the Construction Manager were conducted. In October, the Park Board entered into an agreement with Carrothers Construction Company, LLC as the Construction Manager for this project. Carrothers Construction is in the process of conducting bids to hire contractors this month and next.

As design progressed, the Park Board had to make tough decisions on how to keep the same features promised in the conceptual plans; as well as, keep the project within budget. The Park Board has a very tight budget for this project as the sales tax ends after a 25-year period and will only generate a certain amount of money. To pay for the project, the City hired a bonding company to underwrite certificates of participation for the capital upfront costs. The debt from the capital lease will be paid back over the next 25 years as the sales tax accrues. 

Even though there has been a lot of work this past season, this project has actually been in discussions for well over a decade. In addition to the leak, this facility was built in 1982 and no longer met many of today’s safety features, codes and ADA requirements.  Furthermore, this facility no longer met today’s needs of its patrons, as it was just the traditional rectangle body of water. Today’s patrons want more of an aquatic park feel. With that in mind, the Park Board has spent many hours over many late evenings discussing how to make this possible. 

Thank you again, citizens of Cameron, for your patience as we finalize all the work that needed to be done prior to the beginning of physical construction. In a better effort to keep the citizens informed, we would also like to announce that physical construction should start within the next couple of weeks. We assure you that we are as excited as you are for the grand opening that was promised in the revised election timeline to have the pool open for the start of the 2022 season. We are pushing very hard to get the physical construction started and begin to see the result of so much work come to fruition. Thank you citizens of Cameron!

For More Information Contact: 

Drew Bontrager

Public Works/Parks Director

205 N Main

Cameron, MO 64429


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