Outdoor pool causes waves at council

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December 18, 2014 9:04 AM

Some called it the hidden gem, some councillors called it a staple in the city of Lloydminster. But the Lloydminster Outdoor Pool made some waves at council chambers Monday night, when councillors were debating the future of the outdoor establishment.

City Coun. Jason Whiting said that the state of the outdoor pool is a concern and there will be some hefty price tags attached to the project.

“Not knowing right now, what the general public knows of the outdoor pool,” Whiting said, “is it something that the taxpayer would continue to want to put money into?”

Council approved an operating cost of $160,200 for the outdoor pool in the 2015 fiscal year, with $350,000 in capital funding going to the pool as well, in the form of a tax increase.

Council passed the proposed budgets, with Whiting being the lone councillor voting against the funding of the project.

Whiting said he wanted to wait an additional year and get public consultation about the project before moving forward.

“I would have liked to put it on hold for a year, reassess it and talk to residents and taxpayers,” he said.

Whiting said that he would have also liked to look at potential private donors, who would sponsor the pool.

“It has been done like that in years past,” he said.

Whiting said that he has heard from both sides of the argument, those in favour of keeping it open and those who think the pool should be closed down.

“In the brief little time that I did have, I did hear from both sides of the argument,” he said. “I did hear that some do appreciate the pool because it has been around for some time, and some people do enjoy it. I also heard, while from a smaller bunch, that said that the outdoor pool has had its time and it has run its course and that council should look at using our funds elsewhere.”

Whiting said that those who said they were for the closure of the pool would potentially like to see a new facility in place of the outdoor pool.

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