Pool Closed for Summer 2020

Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in News | Comments Off on Pool Closed for Summer 2020

Hello, Cranbrook Property Owners:

Due to a number of circumstances, the Cranbrook Board of Directors (the Board) voted to keep the pool closed for this summer season (May 2020 thru August 2020).  Please understand that this decision was not made lightly.  We needed to ensure that residents, board members and management company representatives would be safe.

One of the issues we grappled with was how would we conduct pool registration while maintaining social distance, as well as cleaning and disinfecting the registration area which would represent a frequently touched surface.  Although pool registration could conceivably be conducted electronically, we do not have the procedures or a system to conduct pool registration electronically and simultaneously protect residents’ confidential information.

Another major issue that we discussed was about the pool area itself, including the safety of the lifeguards.  To keep everyone safe according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we would need to make provisions for cleaning and disinfection, ventilation in enclosed spaces (e.g., the bathrooms, clubhouse, etc.), the water system, layout of the pool and shared objects. We don’t have the resources – – human or otherwise – to properly address these areas on an ongoing basis.  Lifeguards cannot be pulled from their water safety duties to monitor handwashing, use of cloth face coverings or social distancing.

Finally, the decision to not open the pool this summer was based on the Stay-at-home Order issued by Governor Abbott.  Schools, along with a number of businesses have been closed.  Most of the non-essential business are now being allowed to gradually open, including pools.  However, we still don’t have a decision on schools.  Will there be face-to-face instruction in the fall?  Will fall semester start early?  If so, when?  The pool is a significant expense.  The pool contract is for a fixed period regardless of whether people use it or not.  The Board decided that this was too much of an expense given that we might not be able to get our money’s worth.

While we understand this is an inconvenience, we took multiple issues under consideration.  Over the past year, we have been reviewing bids for major repairs needed on the pool, pump house and piping underneath the pool (our pool is about 30 years old).  This will be a very expensive undertaking, well over $150,000.  These repairs were going to stretch our resources.  The savings we will see by not opening the pool this season will help to offset the financial impact of these needed repairs.

These are challenging times for all of us.  The Board is doing all it can to keep our community safe.   We ask for your patience and support as we attempt to act in all of our best interest.  We look forward to getting back to normal.  Thank you for your understanding. Also, look for information on the website (www.cranbrookpoa.com) about future monthly Board meetings.  You are welcome to join us electronically.

 

On Behalf of the Board of Directors for Cranbrook Property Owners’ Association (Cranbrook POA)