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Pool will not open in Hartley

Due to inspection issues, state cannot approve new facility for public use

Like a mirage of a puddle in the desert, local children will have to continue staring at an empty pool in Hartley this summer.

The new aquatic center cannot pass a state electrical inspection due to errors made during the construction process. In light of recent developments, the city council on Monday rescinded a previously approved pay request to the pool's general contractor, Eriksen Construction, worth $308,441. According to discussion, there is no way the facility can open this summer and serious reconstruction is likely needed in order for it to pass state inspection.

Michael Fisher, des...