The Comeaux's finished pool with an ADA lift that Cody Pools provided free of charge.
Mike Church / Cody Pools The Comeaux's finished pool with an ADA lift that Cody Pools provided free of charge.

Previously, PSN reported that Jay Bellar, former owner of Bellar Pools in Houston, was accused of abandoning a pool meant for a special-needs child.

Fortunately, there is some happy news in that story. The installation for homeowners Linda and Richard Comeaux and the nephew they adopted, Jaymon, was completed by Cody Pools, a PSN Top Builder based in Austin, Texas.

The company finished the project in mid-August, free of charge.

“This means a lot to me to help this family [who was] left in such a bad and common situation from pool builders that hurt our industry,” said Cody Pools President Mike Church.

But on the other side of this story is the original builder, Bellar, who disappeared from the Houston area. Local news station Channel 2 found Bellar after receiving a viewer tip about his whereabouts.

Apparently, he moved to Charlotte, N.C.

In a news report, the station shows a confrontation in which Bellar ignored the journalists’ request for an interview. In the same report, the broadcasters said Bellar had applied for a job with a local pool builder, who decided against hiring him after learning from the station of his history.

After the incident Bellar released a statement. In it, he blamed the flooding that plagued the Houston area in May: “The excessive rain and flooding resulted in unforeseen increases in business expenses and construction costs. Consequently, Bellar Pools Inc. is unable to meet its obligations to some valued customers.”

Bellar also spoke of plans to file for bankruptcy, which he did in August. In his filing, Bellar claims he only had $20 in cash and $31,000 in credit-card debt.

The former builder also apologized in his statement.

“Bellar Pools Inc. deeply appreciates its customers’ business and hopes that they accept this heartfelt apology for its inability to complete any remaining contractual obligations,” he stated.

Neither Bellar nor his attorney responded to inquiries by press time.