Michelle Bixler

STRASBURG — Town staff and Town Council members met Thursday to discuss potential maintenance of the pool and progress in obtaining bids to complete a master plan for the town’s recreational amenities.

Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that the roof at the town pool is showing wear and will soon need to be replaced. Town staff haven’t been able to track down exactly when the roof was last replaced, Pearson said, but they think it was around 1991, when the town acquired the property.

“The roof shows that amount of wear and tear to it, so it’s overdue,” Pearson said at a meeting of the Recreation, Parks, and Trails Committee.

Pearson said that the roof replacement is one of three maintenance items the town hopes to pursue as it waits for a recreation master plan.

In addition to replacing the roof of the pool, the town is looking at repairs to the tennis courts and to the town’s pool pumping systems, Pearson said.

The primary fix to the tennis courts would be a repair of the poles, though Pearson said that the town would also look into the possibility of repairing the surface of the tennis courts.

Funds for those repairs would have to be spent by July 1, when the current fiscal year ends.

The committee also discussed the current state of the master plan for the town’s recreation facilities. The council voted in November to move forward and have the town seek bids for a consultant to create a master plan that would provide recommendations about the town’s recreational amenities.

Michelle Bixler, the economic development and marketing manager for the town, said in the meeting that the town is trying to obtain bids through an on-call consultant program.

If Strasburg finds a consultant through that program, Pearson said, it would save the town the time of going through a formal request for proposal, or RFP, process.

The on-call consultant program is overseen by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, which maintains a list of selected consultants that is available to member jurisdictions, including Strasburg.

The consultants specialize in areas such as the planning, engineering and architectural design of a variety of public infrastructure projects. The goal is to cut the amount of time and money local governments spend in soliciting and choosing expert help.

So far, Bixler said, three firms have contacted the town about the scope of the work. One of those declined to pursue a bid, she added.

During Thursday’s meeting, the committee also recommended that the town start going through the RFP process in case it cannot find a consultant through the on-call consultant program.

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