Piedmont’s new pool complex coming along swimmingly so far

PIEDMONT — Plans are on track for Piedmont’s long-awaited new community pool, city officials say.

A firm has been chosen to do the design, planning and engineering for the swim complex. Former City Administrator Paul Benoit, who is consulting for the pool project, said the name of the firm will be released after the City Council has reviewed their proposal at the council’s Oct. 18 meeting.

Greg Cost, left, of Piedmont, plays with his son Felix, 2, during the annual pool pumpkin patch for kids Oct. 21, 2017, at Piedmont’s now-closed community pool. The old pool complex provided recreation, swim lessons, swim meets, lap swim and more, and dozens of supporters spoke at public meetings saying the community pool was a valued resource in town. The city’s new pool complex is expected to open in 2024. (Ray Chavez — staff archives) 

“Things are proceeding better than expected,” Benoit said. “We put an aggressive schedule together. All the proposals were top-notch proposals from very talented firms. We are very blessed and lucky. Things are right on schedule, and I’m thrilled with that. “Our focus is to keep things moving, open summer of 2024.”

“The need for a replacement aquatic facility has been evident for decades, so I’m delighted that Piedmont voters approved Measure UU,” said Piedmont City Councilmember Tim Rood, above, a former president of the city’s swim club. (Aric Crabb — staff archives) 

And moving they are. City Administrator Sara Lillevand said this week that “We are targeting mid- to late November for bond issuance. The $19.5 million is the principal or face value of the bonds. The actual amount of proceeds from the bonds will depend on the market conditions at the time of issuance.”

Piedmont voters approved Measure UU on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot to construct a new facility to replace an aging one, which has been closed since the pandemic. The measure needed a two-thirds (66.667%) vote, which it received, passing with 68.8% approval. The ad valorem tax for Piedmonters will be $26.20 per $100,000 of assessed value, for an annual tax of $262 on a house valued at $1 million, for example. The tax would be imposed on properties for 30 years. Work has been and is being done to prepare the site, Benoit said.

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