Kayla Fleming/For the Times Engineer Chris Ballou spoke to the Lafayette City Council about the city pool renovations.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

Engineer Chris Ballou spoke to the Lafayette City Council about the city pool renovations.

The Lafayette City Council accepted a bid to begin work on city pool renovations at its May 7 meeting.

Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver told the council last month that he did not believe the pool would be completed in time to open this season, and he reaffirmed those beliefs at the meeting.

"This is a situation that we hate," Driver said. "We want to get it done. I do not feel like we will have the pool open this year. I hate that. I apologize to everyone."

Driver added, though, that he felt the pool would be worth the wait. Driver also told the council that it was not possible to award the contract any earlier due to Tennessee state inspections and regulations.

Engineer Chris Ballou told the council that the state had questions and concerns about the slide that the city had decided to install but that a waiver had been submitted. Ballou does not believe there was any cause for concern that current plans for the pool would be denied.

"I've been assured by the state, the department of health, that everything is going to be just fine," Ballou said.

Ballou said that the worst-case scenario would simply involve not installing the slide, but other planned renovations would be able to proceed.

The council also declared the last Saturday in May as Buddy Poppy Day. Driver told the council that the proclamation had been passed in 2006, but no official record of the proclamation was made to make that day Buddy Poppy Day.

The council also approved Ordinance 741 on its final reading. The ordinance restricts burning within the city. The ordinance will prohibit the burning of large piles of yard debris, such as leaves or brush.

Last month, Lafayette Fire Chief Troy Brawner told the council that the resolution "still allows small grass clippings and little piles of leaves and sticks and stuff, but it allows them to be burned in a 10-square-foot pit or 55-gallon drum, something like that."

Driver also informed the council that the stop light that is planned to be installed at the intersection of Highway 52 and Ellington Drive is expected to begin by the spring of 2020.