Dietterle: Pool closing will impact community
By Katie Zerr
After the meeting Monday night, Mayor Jamie Dietterle said the decision to close the pool was tough for council members.
“This is a decision that has involved many hours of research and planning to find the best solution to our existing problem,” he said. “Four years ago, our council voted to close the swimming pool and planned to tear it down. After some further discussion, we decided to re-open the pool by doing some repairs and have limped the pool along for the past few summers.”
He said the problems that have existed in the past continue to exist now, and band-aids can no longer fix what needs to be done. He said the current pool fails to meet ADA regulations and in order to keep the pool open; thousands of dollars would be required to bring it up to code. There are also a cracking foundation, sub-par restroom and bath facilities, and faulty electrical panels, he said.
“The decision to close the pool was a unanimous one and rightfully so. Along with the steps taken to close the pool comes the reality that will affect our children, including my little boy, and families in our area. What will we do without a pool this summer,” he asked. “Hopefully our community will rally around this reality and help us as we move forward to raise money for a new pool.” Committees are being formed to do this, and Councilman Tom O’Connell and Councilwoman Rose Henderson are spearheading these events.
Dietterle thanked the community for its support.
“With the decision to close and demolish our aging swimming pool, we are energized by the excitement and possibilities that lie ahead for our community and a new pool. The future is now and the first step to a new pool has begun,” said Dietterle. “We ask our residents to please help us meet our goal and share the vision with us as we strive forward as a community to build a new aquatic center.”