Last day for swim­ming at Barton Springs Pool

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — FARZAD MASHHOOD, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — LAKE TRAVIS VIEW

Barton Springs Pool will close Tues­day and re­main closed un­til at least March, ac­cord­ing to a city news re­lease.

The ex­pected clo­sure is part of a $2.8 mil­lion in re­pairs to a by­pass tun­nel and a dam.

The 36-year-old, 1,000foot-long tun­nel runs be­low the pool’s north deck, di­verts flood­wa­ter away from the pool and emp­ties it down­stream. Engi­neers dis­cov­ered in 2008 that the tun­nel floor is worn down with holes — most a few inches wide — that al­low the pool’s clear spring water to seep out. That is a prob­lem be­cause the pool is home to the en­dan­gered sala­man­ders.

The ma­jor re­pairs were orig­i­nally meant to start two years ago but have been de­layed un­til this fall and win­ter.

Although of­fi­cials say the holes pose no im­me­di­ate dan­ger, with­out re­pairs the con­di­tion of the tun­nel will de­te­ri­o­rate and could make the pool dan­ger­ous and un­pleas­ant, ac­cord­ing to a city news re­lease. The city will also re­pair a crack in the down­stream dam. po­lice.

The three cur­rent he­li­copters each have a 130 gal­lon water bucket; the new one would have a 323 gal­lon ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to seller North­west He­li­copters, LLC.

The com­mis­sion­ers will vote on the pur­chase dur­ing their 9 a.m. meet­ing Tues­day in the­meet­ing room on the first floor of 700 Lavaca St. in Austin.

Pet adop­tions were up in Novem­ber at the Pflugerville An­i­mal Shel­ter as a re­sult of an adop­tion spe­cial, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The shel­ter waived the adop­tion fee in Novem­ber to avoid shel­ter over­crowd­ing, and a to­tal of 20 dogs and 29 cats were adopted. Pflugerville spokes­woman Terri Wag­goner said that the an­i­mal shel­ter usu­ally adopts about 16 pets per month.

The an­i­mal shel­ter also of­fers pet gift cer­tifi­cates. This al­lows an in­di­vid­ual to give the gift of a pet to a friend while let­ting them choose an an­i­mal that fits his or her life­style. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. pflugervil­letx.gov/adoptme.

Jour­nal­ist and au­thor Jay Plotkin will present the story of Lake Travis High School’s five con­sec­u­tive state foot­ball cham­pi­onships Wed­nes­day at the Lake­way Men’s Break­fast Club meet­ing at the Lake­way Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter, 105 Cross Creek.

A $1 con­ti­nen­tal break­fast will be served at 7 a.m., and the speaker will be­gin at 8 a.m. Meet­ings are open to men re­sid­ing in the area. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Tom Cain at 363-5793 or email speak­ers@ thomas­g­cain.com.

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