The city of Graham is looking at giving needed upgrades to the municipal swimming pool that would likely be completed by the summer of 2014.

At last Thursday’s City Council meeting, several options were discussed regarding what could be done to bring the pool up to code, including a beach-style entrance, new toys for the kiddie section, and the installation of two lifts for people with disabilities.

City Inspector Jason Cottongame said that he has recently received a complaint about the pool’s handicap accessibility. “We’re ‘legal non-conforming’ is the term that needs to be used,” Cottongame said. “We’re not in compliance, but we’re still operating legally.”

Representative for Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc. Scott Hay said Thursday morning during the meeting that if the council was to take action to improve the pool, then there is a definite sense of urgency to commence with construction plans if the project is to be completed in time for summer.

“Pool contractors get busier and busier,” Hay said to the council. “And by the time February comes around, they get crazy busy.”

Mayor Barry White told Hay that he wanted to discuss the issue further before making a decision on the exact route needed for the improvement of the pool.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's edition of the Graham Leader.