7/1/2014 10:50:00 AM Council has until Aug. 22 to send pool to voters Referendum election would be Nov. 4
By David Richards
The Byron city council discussed a potential timeline for a pool referendum at its June 24 meeting.
The council would have to decide by Aug. 22 if it wishes to hold an election Nov. 4 to ask voters whether they want or don't want a new aquatic center and sports complex in Byron.
The $5.4 million proposed facility that has been recommended to the council by the pool committee is still expected to first go to the park board this month before it goes back to the council.
In addition, at the request of the council, city staff will host a workshop on the aquatic center and sports complex so the council has any questions answered that it may have.
"I want to make sure I'm well enough informed to say if I want it as a referendum or not," councilman Bret Baumbach said.
Aug. 22 is the date written notice of the election must be delivered by the city to the county auditor. The notice must include the date of election and title and language for each ballot question to be voted on.
The council is scheduled to meet in August on the 12th, but could hold a special meeting if it wants to in addition. Byron's city council dove into a 47-page assessment and pool study at its June 10 meeting.
The report was compiled by USAquatics, out of Delano, on behalf of the pool committee and was generated as a result of surveys, site analysis and historical data.
The information included everything from cost, revenue and expense projections for both new indoor and outdoor facilities as well as an assessment of the existing pool that closed early last summer after it broke down.
The proposed $5.4 million outdoor aquatic center is to be located on the city's land near Byron Towne Village. The proposal is nearly identical to the one the committee brought forward to the council last summer before surveying the public about it last fall in an open house and at the Byron business expo.