The city council gave the go-ahead for a feasibility study that will assess both the conditions of the community pool and Byron's aquatic needs and options for the future.
The council approved the study at its regular meeting March 13 at city hall.
The study will be conducted by USAquatics out of Delano, Minn, with an estimated cost of roughly $6,000 to 8,000. The price is higher if the city commits to having USAquatics complete the project as a whole and lower, if it's for the feasibility study alone.
A committee, made up of a small group of residents, has been meeting since this past fall for the purpose of brainstorming ideas in regard to the pool, which is now more than a quarter of a century old.
"The purpose is to get ideas on how to raise money and see if we can do this," committee member Kim McPhee said in December. "It's not a cheap venture. We're looking at a five to 10-year plan."
City staff have said the pool has gone through typical wear and tear and goes through regular maintenance, but has no major structural damage.
In the future, if major repairs are needed because of the pool's age, the committee feels a plan should be in place whether to completely renovate the existing pool or to build a new one on the same property.
The feasibility study will assess the condition of the existing pool, wading pool, bath house and pump house; determine needs and wants for the community; evaluate all options, including the option of indoor vs. outdoor; prepare preliminary construction cost estimate of necessary renovation of the existing facility or replacement; and determine a timeline for the aquatic project.
In a letter to city staff, USAquatics officials stated they will work closely with the pool committee during the feasibility study process.
Byron Mayor Ann Diercks has said that any major type of decision would eventually go before the public via hearings and possibly then to a vote through a referendum.