HERKIMER — Despite delays, the project to rebuild the Herkimer swimming pool is moving forward.

Anthony Carlisto of McDonald Engineering reviewed the status of the pool and other projects during a recent village board meeting. He noted Central Paving submitted a low bid of $583,150 for the pool. The complete cost with alternatives and engineering fees would be $710,000. The village could borrow additional funds or drop some of the alternatives from the project, Carlisto said.

The village was awarded a $412,500 grant from the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to rehabilitate the pool and make it handicapped accessible, but it learned last year that, due to state requirements, more work would be required than was thought initially.

Mayor Tony Brindisi asked if the village had lost the grant and if the bid still was being honored.

“The contractor is willing to honor the bid,” said Carlisto. “The village did not lose the grant.”

“I don’t want people to feel they’ve been misled,” Brindisi said.

He said there was some inaccurate information being circulated about the status of the project.

Obtaining the state permit for the project took almost two years, Carlisto said.

When the work is finished, Herkimer essentially will have a new pool, he said.

Trustee Delbert Ball asked when the project could get started.

Carlisto said the village would have to issue bonds for the additional funding that is needed, but he expected work could begin as soon as the funding is in place.

“They’d start now and finish in the spring.”