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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 am

After a seven-month closure marked by unexpected problems, the swimming pool at Hutchins Street Square will open on Monday after a final inspection by the San Joaquin County Health Department.

“We still have a small leak that we’re trying to take care of, but it’s not enough to keep things from opening now,” said Jeff Hood, director of Lodi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.

During a routine inspection period in the 2012 holiday season, workers found the fiberglass pool surface was severely deteriorated.

The replacement took longer than expected because no company submitted a bid on the project. Eventually, Advanced Pool Coatings of Sacramento took on the job.

Replacing the fiberglass pool liner cost $50,000, paid for by the City of Lodi and the Hutchins Street Square Foundation.

“We took time to make sure we approached the repair in a way that would give us the longest-lasting solution, so we could do this right,” Hood said.

Foundation President John Ledbetter was very pleased to learn the pool would open next week.

“It’s been a long haul, and a good partnership between community and foundation,” he said. “There were a few glitches along the way, but we’re open now, and we’ll stay that way for a long time.”

A few items on the project checklist have not yet been crossed off. More upgrades are needed for the chlorinating system, as well as the remaining leak. This and other repairs will cost between $20,000 and $30,000.

If the inspection goes well in the morning, the pool will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, it will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Next week, pool admission will be free.

Depending on the attendance next week, classes and activities will begin the week of Aug. 5.

Former lifeguards and aquatics class instructors are being contacted to form new schedules in the coming weeks.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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