9/2/2014 11:20:00 AM City council hopes for answers with pool survey
By David Richards
At its regular meeting Aug. 26 at City Hall, the Byron city council agreed to table a decision on fixing the municipal pool to wait for the results of a survey regarding an indoor facility.
The survey, which is a joint-effort between the council and the school district, will be sent home with students this fall in addition to being distributed in other locations, such as to the local senior citizens' group.
The council made the decision after discussing the fact that it will cost roughly $69,800 to fix the needed repairs on the existing pool, which broke down midway through last summer.
The local pool committee has presented the council with a feasibility study for an outdoor pool, but that idea has been tabled to get a stronger sense of the town's feeling about an indoor pool.
Councilman Matt Brekke said he was ok with tabling the issue, while also stressing the importance of having a plan for the existing location if the city decides not to fix the current pool.
"I'm in agreement with tabling it to see what the survey says," Brekke said. "But if the time comes and we vote on it and it's a 'No' vote, then our next discussion should be what we do with it."
Councilman Jason Snow agreed.
"We can't just leave a hole there."
Some of the survey question ideas include as follows:
1) "Would you be in favor of the City/School coming together to develop a public indoor pool/gymnasium/fitness/community center at the current Community Ed building site?"
2) "Would you be in favor of this project if it required your property taxes to increase?"
3) If you are not in favor, what are the reasons why?
Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014
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