A Byron pool committee had already begun brainstorming options in the event the community pool were to ever break down when the pool did just that last summer. A broken pipe at the pool, which is more than a quarter of a century old, cut short the summer swimming season in 2013. The council is scheduled to discuss repairs of the existing pool tonight regular meeting at City Hall. Photo by David Richards
By David Richards
The existing community pool, which broke down last summer and sank the last part of the swim season, is back on the city council's agenda tonight for its regular scheduled meeting at City Hall.
The city is looking into options in regard to fixing the pool for the short term, while a committee is still looking into options for a possible new facility for the long term.
"It actually breaks my heart," said Mary Blair-Hoeft, city administrator, when the pool broke down last year. "You know who I worry about? I worry about the parents who rely on the pool to give their kids some structure.
Prior to the broken pipe, a Byron pool committee had already formed to gather data as to what options may exist for building a new facility.
Last year, the committee presented an elaborate proposal to the council for an aquatic center that included a zip line and water slides, but that option was tabled following several open house meetings and to revisit the possibility of an indoor pool.
In December, the council unanimously approved to make the Byron pool committee an official committee of the City of Byron.
Even though the group formed more than a year before that decision, Blair-Hoeft said with the formality the committee can receive more guidance from the council if they need it.
In the meantime, the city still weighs options as to what to do with the old pool.
"I think it's sad and disappointing," said Mayor Ann Diercks when the pool broke down last summer.
Diercks lives in close proximity to the facility.
"It's hard to be outside and not hear the laughing and the whistles blowing."