<span style="line-height: 1.5em;"><a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/07\/Welcome-to-WSS-Photo-by-Sara-Swann.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-5918" alt="Welcome to WSS (Photo by Sara Swann)" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/07\/Welcome-to-WSS-Photo-by-Sara-Swann-225x300.jpg" width="225" height="300" \/><\/a>By Sarah Mansheim<\/span>\r\n\r\nWhite Sulphur Springs City Councilmember Mark D. Gillespie said Monday that the city may have a swimming pool by summer\u2019s end.\r\n\r\nDuring Monday night\u2019s city council meeting, Gillespie said that he has been in contact with two pool companies and has received cost estimates for both refurbishing the old, unusable Memorial Park pool and building a new one.\r\n\r\nGillespie said that, according to the estimates he\u2019s received, the existing pool can be repaired for about $500,000 but would have no warranty or guarantee that it would not leak. A new pool will cost between $550,000 and $600,000, he said, and would come with a guarantee.\r\n\r\nGillespie warned that the estimates for a new pool do not include an estimate for a pool house, and that the city would have to hire an architect to design one.\r\n\r\nCouncilperson Audrey VanBuren, who serves as the head of the parks and recreation committee, said that regardless of the decision to refurbish or rebuild the Memorial Park pool, city maintenance workers will need to be able to access the water lines underneath the structure in order to patch leaks and drain the lines in the winter.\r\n\r\nThe old pool, built in the late 1970s, did not have that feature.\r\n\r\n\u201cI want this pool to last 50, 60, 70 years,\u201d said VanBuren.\r\n\r\nAs for the cost, a pool fundraising committee was formed last winter and can now work on raising funds in earnest, now that they know how much money is needed. Council also said that funds from a pending sale of the old White Sulphur Springs High School building may be donated toward the municipal swimming pool.\r\n\r\n\u201c(The pool) going to happen,\u201d said VanBuren. \u201cWe\u2019ll get the money one way or another.\u201d\r\n\r\nGillespie concurred. \u201cFunding is in the works,\u201d he said. \u201cNow that we have a dollar amount, we\u2019ll aggressively fundraise.\u201d\r\n\r\nGillespie told council that they\u2019ll need to decide on a plan quickly. If a new pool is chosen, demolition needs to begin soon.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe need to hear from (citizens) if you have concerns,\u201d Gillespie told the audience. \u201cWe have to decide quickly.\u201d\r\n\r\nGillespie said that he\u2019d received an excavation quote from Lynch Construction in the amount of approximately $15,000.\r\n\r\nCouncil will likely vote on whether to rehab or build a new city pool at the June city council meeting.