Overlee families: Your board of directors would like to thank you for your patience as we move to the completion of our major pool upgrade. We have always known that the schedule would be tight, so we appreciate the many of you who have offered encouragement and support as we move to completion. The weather has not been cooperating with us recently. Several days of heavy rain have put our planned phased opening back. The major hold up is that we need to pour concrete and have our parking lot relatively clear of construction equipment before we can get county approval to open our lap pool. We have been working hard toward that goal. We have been in daily contact with our contractor, and with his subcontractors and have weekly construction updates with Harry, our contractor, and Eleanor, our architect. Ultimately, it was the assessment of the professionals that the concrete pour would require dryer conditions. The best estimate is that we have lost a week to 10 days on our completion schedule. We are still planning a phased opening, as soon as safety permits. We have prepared contingency staffing plans for various completion dates.
A small number of members have inquired about refunds. We ask everyone to remember that this is a community association and that we depend on each other as members to fund both the construction project and to bear the risks associated with this major upgrade. Put simply, there is no money in the budget for refunds. That said, we expect that once the pool is open we should be able to extend hours in both the morning and the evening to give members the maximum opportunity to enjoy our new pool.
We thank you all for the patience and understanding you have shown so far. We are especially thankful for the volunteers who have contributed literally thousands of hours to this project on your behalf. We were delighted by the reaction of those who came to our open house in April. We are all disappointed that the project has not been finished in time for our traditional Memorial Day opening, but we're committed to providing a top notch facility for our members to enjoy for many years to come.