Where Do You Stand
On the Pool Cover Issue?
By Carlos Padilla
The latest poll to appear on The Herald’s Facebook page addresses the topic of the city’s swimming pool cover. The vast majority of our participating Facebook members indicate it is high time the City move forwarded with the project, and it seems our local populace believes it is the job of the city, not the community, to find a funding source for this recreational local feature.
The Herald asked where our members stand on the pool cover issue, and posed four options to our membership regarding the pool cover topic, including (in the order they were presented): 1) There are better things to spend money on than a pool cover; 2) We have had enough studies…it’s time to listen to the will of the taxpayers; 3) If the community wants it, the community should find a funding source; and, 4) It is the job of the City to find a funding source. A fifth option, “Run the pool with volunteers long enough to afford the cover,” was offered by one of our Facebook members.
Following are the results offered by our Facebook members:
•We have had enough studies. It’s time to listen to the will of the taxpayers: 60
•It is the job of the City to find a funding source: 12
•There are better things to spend money on than a pool cover: 6
•Run the pool with volunteers long enough to afford the cover: 3
•If the community wants it, the community should find a funding source: 0
Some locals had more to say on the matter.
“The kids need this,” Kerensa Keri Hayhurst said. “The funding will be there.” She added that if you build it, they will come.
Kathleen Gallick-Miles Stroud asked, “What happened to all the money that was raised for the cover?”
The following comments came from those who had answered: “We have had enough studies. It’s time to listen to the will of the taxpayers.”
“From what I have read in the local papers, we have already gotten the funding, but part of it is gone, get it back and do what we have been asking for over 25 years,” exclaimed Dorothy Christy Troup. “Cover the pool! That funding was to cover it, not to fund the daily operations. It is the job of the city and community to come up with day-to-day operating solutions, but the money to cover it has already been provided, so do it already.”
“I agree, if they spent it, they need to replace it,” said Leslie Loca Almedya. “Where is the accountability? Records should show where the money went and who authorized it being used. Can you say ‘Pink Slips?’”
“Not only enough studies, but enough loans have been taken out, too,” said Deborah Toomey.
George Smith stated that the pool cover “would enable the pool to be used all year round.” Smith added that many seniors and young adults “would benefit greatly with a year round pool” adding that the schools would have another form of recreation for swim teams and PE…“a win-win situation for a pool cover. “ Smith added that we just lost the bowling alley, let’s keep recreation open for everyone’s sake.
The topic of the cover for the municipal swimming pool will come up at the next meeting of the Truth or Consequences City Commission.