Nebraska City's swimming pool is on a collision course with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The pool, built in 1969, is not considered to adhere to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the federal government's final deadline for parks and recreation compliance passed this January.
City Clerk Arnold Ehlers said to be in compliance a public swimming pool must have an access point for wheelchair to the water.
One option is a ramp where people can wade into the water like a natural pond, rather than ledges where swimmers drop off. The other is a mechanical lift.
The pool at Steinhart Park has neither access point.
A lift is expected to cost up to $10,000 and a ramp to the existing pool will cost up to $25,000.
Ehlers said the city has budgeted to equip a pool with the lift, but does not want to undertake the expense of installing it or building the ramp if it will just be torn down.
The pool bathhouse is not ADA compliant. It has a ramp from the bathhouse to the pool deck, but no ramps into the building. The bathrooms and showers are not ADA compliant and city officials say remodeling is a difficult and expensive option.
Ehlers said there is still an expectation that the city will achieve ADA compliance with a new swimming pool.
With the deadline for parks and recreation already passed, city commissioners agreed July 1 to revisit its its 20009 ADA compliance plan.
City Administrator Joe Johnson said the government may soon set deadlines for other public properties, such as buildings and sidewalks, like it has done for parks and recreation.
He said the plan will include ADA sidewalk ramps at every intersection.