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Pools can’t open unless ADA steps are taken

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The talks of an indoor swimming facility in Bullitt County are still alive.

But, on a more pressing note, the three outdoor swimming pools may not open this spring without some speedy improvements.

June Daugherty, executive director of the Bullitt County Family YMCA, said that federal mandates require public pools to meet certain Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

The original deadline was last March but pools were given a grace period until the end of September.

Before the pools open this spring, Daugherty said there must be two acceptable ways to exit and to enter the pools.

Steps installed at the pools are acceptable. But lifts would be the second option.

She didn’t know all the details about any exemptions or extensions.

A proposal was previously given to Bullitt Fiscal Court. She estimated the cost would be $6,000 for each of the three pools.

Without the lifts, the pool could not open this May.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said it might be a case where one pool is equipped at a time with the lift.

The committee took no action on the information.

But when committee member Jim White inquired about any plans for an indoor facility, he was pleased with the report from Daugherty.

She said a feasibility plan had been recently completed and architectural sketches were being done.

She expected a cost estimate to be ready by the end of January with fund-raising to begin. Daugherty heard estimates in the range of $4 million for a six-lane pool with locker rooms and whirlpool spas.

It would be added to the rear of the current facility off Joe B. Hall Avenue in Shepherdsville.

The executive director said the feasibility study showed that the facility would generate enough money to pay operational costs. But she said the local YMCA would have to generate money for construction.

There is not a lot of grant money available for construction projects, said Daugherty, and the Louisville service center does not make funds available for local branches.

Several years ago, the YMCA got to the fund-raising stage for an indoor facility but the project was postponed.

Currently, there is no indoor swimming facility in the county. The YMCA has been contracted to oversee the county’s three outdoor pools and its other sports programs, such as basketball, baseball and softball.