Fundraisers for outdoor pool project continue to grow
-By Katie Zerr –
The Mobridge Outdoor Pool Committee, with the help of area businesses and organizations, are currently hosting two fundraisers for the new pool project.
According to the Outdoor Pool Committee website, members are attending home girls’ and boys’ basketball games selling raffle tickets for the 20-foot x 40-foot concrete basketball court. It will include the concrete pad, a basketball pole and hoop, and lines painted on the court. The estimated value of the court is more than $8,000. Tickets for the basketball court are also sold at Lind’s Hardware, Dady Drug, Paylessfoods and Grand Central.
Businesses who donated time and equipment for the raffle are Grand Central, Jensen’s Rock and Sand, Inc., Bestway Traffic, and Dady Drug and Ben Franklin.
The Mobridge Tourism Committee and Mobridge Rotary are teaming up to present the second raffle in which residents can guess the time a strategically placed barrel will touch open water on Lake Oahe.
According to Rotarian and Tourism Committee member Jesse Konold, he got the idea from a Rotary Club in Colorado.
“People can buy chances to guess the exact second that the barrel touches open water,” said Konold. “There are two watches in a lock box in the barrel that will stop when they get wet.”
The barrel will be located on the south end of Moose Flats, just west of the viaduct. It will be bright orange to make it easy to watch during the coming months.
Tickets for the raffle went on sale on Tuesday, Feb. 18, through the Mobridge Outdoors website at www.mobridgeoutdoors.com and on the pool committee website at www.mobridgeoutdoorcitypool.com. Tickets are one guess for $3, two for $5, five for $10 and 12 guesses for $20.
Tickets will be sold until March 20.
The goal of the fundraisers is to help ease the taxpayer burden in the building project if the public votes on April 8 to support the project through a bond issue. The ultimate goal would be to raise enough funding so that taxpayers would not have to contribute to the bond issue payment.
There is approximately $490,000 in a pool fund right now and that does not include pledges made by businesses organizations and individuals to the fund. The pledges that have been made so far amount to more than $30,000 per year and will go into effect when the groundbreaking for the pool begins.
Since September of 2012, the Mobridge Outdoor Pool Committee and individual fundraising efforts have totaled just more that $120,000. This has been through donations from families and businesses and some small-scale fundraisers.
For more information on the pool project, the cost and answers to frequently asked questions, go to the pool committee website.
There is a link to that website on the Mobridge Tribune website at www.mobridgetribune.com.