Last day for swimming at Barton Springs Pool
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.