, Port Arthur, Texas

October 26, 2009

Nederland accepting bids for improved city swimming pool

By Darragh Doiron

The News staff writer

NEDERLAND — Nederland residents could be swimming in an updated pool by Memorial Day with possible teardrop water features that give children control over water valves.

Nederland City Council voted at Tuesday’s meeting to accept bids for a pool, that could cost upwards of $300,000 and a concession stand that could cost about $50,000. Harry Beckwith III, principal of Waterscape Consultants Inc., showed council architectural options with a zero-depth pool entry for toddlers. The consulting firm is suggesting a pool with an adjoined children’s section that would allow for less maintenance and a refined scope of lifeguard supervision.

Beckwith said he hopes construction will begin in January with an expected opening by Memorial Day. The pool at Doornbos Park in Nederland suffered damages from Hurricane Ike and has been closed.

Council voted to submit an application to the State Energy Conservation Office for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant. The city could get $50,000 for solar powered school zone signs and LED city lighting. This is Obama stimulus money, Chris Duque, Nederland City Manager, said.

Council also approved a incentive from the Nederland Economic Development Corporation for Go-Burgers, LP to open a Burger King at 3112 Nederland Avenue.

Jhan Echols addressed council regarding speeding on Nederland Avenue, in the areas between 27th Street and U.S. 69. He said he’s been monitoring speeders for two years and believes his concerns are being ignored. He is asking the city install an extra traffic light. Echols said he wants more police presence to stop speeders and deter crime in the area.

“It’s not an issue we’re ignoring,” Duque said.

Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said police have issued 148 violations and 106 warnings in the area since January of this year. When a council member asked about complaints registered on speeding in the area, Bush said the department had recorded two calls from Echols and 14 calls from a male caller who would not give his name.