Town Hires Greenwich Company for $16,000 in Irrigation Work at Waveny Pool

Town officials on Tuesday approved a $15,895 contract with a Greenwich-based company to repair and replace parts of the irrigation system around the Waveny Pool.

The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 in favor of the contract with Summer Rain.

According to Recreation Director Steve Benko, an irrigation system was installed when the pool was built 17 years ago “that included a sprinkler system for lawn and whole series of drip irrigation for plants or whatever.”

“And we have a whole lot of leaks,” Benko told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held at Town Hall. The area of the pool by the diving boards is “soaking wet,” Benko said.

Summer Rain, which has done irrigation and maintenance work on New Canaan’s playing fields in the past, will remove some of the cracked drip irrigation equipment that isn’t truly needed and upgrade the drip irrigation system in front of the Waveny Pool building for landscaping, Benko said.

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted in favor of the contract.

Moynihan asked whether the funds for the work would come out of the Waveny Pool Fund (replenished annually, mostly by permit sales), and Benko said they would.

Devereaux asked whether the town had looked at any other supplier.

Benko said that that Summer Rain was chosen not only because the company already serves New Canaan in maintaining playing fields systems, but also because the company recently came in as a the lower bidder in the parterre garden project at Waveny House.

Devereaux asked whether Parks Superintendent John Howe felt the fee amounted to a good price, and Benko said yes.

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