Pool Q&A session set for March 9

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Area residents who have questions about plans for the new aquatics center and itsfunding will be able to have a one-on-one information session Saturday, March 9, with someone directly involved.

A fundraiser/information event will be held March 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Scherr-Howe Event Center. There will be a bake sale and a chance for residents to view the plans and talk with members of the Mobridge Swimming Pool Committee and city officials.

According to Ward I Councilman Tom O’Connell, it will be an opportunity for people to get answers to their questions without having to sit through a long meeting.

“We will try to answer their questions as best as we can,” he said. “Toby (Morris, of Daughtry and Company, who works with communities with bond and opt-out funding issues) will be available by phone if need be.”

O’Connell said the group chose this format to enable residents to have time options throughout the day and to have residents be able to ask the questions they feel need to be answered.

“We want people to understand why we decided on the opt-out rather than bond,” he said. “With the opt-out, the city has the say in the amount that is taken in the opt-out each year.”

That means with donations and pledges from the city and others, the payments each year could change, thus change property owners’ tax bills.

O’Connell said the pool committee has been working hard to raise funding for the project and others in the community are also raising funds.

“Anytime people want to raise funding for the project, we will support it,” he said. “We will continue to work on fundraising until the project is complete and paid for.”

He said anyone wishing to donate baked goods for the sale on Saturday should bring their donations to the event center on Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.

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