Have you had time to review all of the 711 page Howard County Government 2021 proposed capital budget? Me either…but there are a few things that were on my (let me see what happens with this project) list and the pool for North Laurel was one of those projects.

In a world with competing priorities for budget dollars the pool in North Laurel lost out (kind of) in the proposed budget in FY2021. Here is what was noted in the approved FY 2020 capital budget for this project (pages 146 and 147):

Description

A project to construct a swimming pool at North Laurel Park.

Justification

Remarks

1. The feasibility study for this pool was completed under project N3940, as a portion of the North Laurel Park.
2. $1.3 Million funds remaining in project N3940 will be used for the design of this project.

Project Schedule

FY20 – Bid and Permit, start site work
FY21 – Start building construction.
FY22 – Complete construction and start project closeout.

In the proposed FY2021 capital budget here is that same project information (pages 139 and 140):

Description

This project will construct an enclosed swimming pool at North Laurel Park, providing the County with a needed second public pool.

Justification

Provide the County with a needed second public pool.

Remarks

1. The feasibility study for this pool was completed under project N3940, as a portion of the North Laurel Park.
2. $1.3 Million of funds remaining in project N3940 were used for the design of this project.

3. The North Laurel Community Pool Project has been planned since 2008 and will have two separate pools. The main pool will be a standard 25 yards in length with 8 lap lanes and an ADA access.
4. The second pool will be a warm-water leisure pool to accommodate both older swimmers from the North Laurel Community Center’s 50+ center and young children for swim lessons.

5. Support spaces will be provided including Men’s, Women’s and individual family locker rooms.
6. To date, the County has allocated a total of $6.5 million to support this project.

Project Schedule

FY24 – Start building construction.
FY25 – Complete construction and start project close out.

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A few things stand out between the approved budget in FY2020 and the proposed budget in FY2021:

  • Project went from complete in FY2022 to complete in FY2025 (3 year delay of this project)
  • Total funding changed from $20.25 million to $15 million for this project.
  • Total spent to date on this capital project is “$44,468 spent and encumbered through February 2020”

Now we wait to see if the County Council does with the overall proposed capital budget and the projects within that proposal (including this one).

I am planning more posts in the future on other capital projects in the proposed FY2021 budget book. Stay tuned.

Scott E

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