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Pool likely topic at council meeting

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Mark Haslett
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City leaders will revisit the question of what to do about the city’s troubled municipal swimming pool.

The Commerce city council meets this evening for the first time since a recent public forum about the fate of the city’s pool. The Commerce municipal swimming pool has been closed since last summer, when a water pump failed. Since then, the city has been wondering whether to make costly repairs to the existing facility or to plot a course for building a new city pool. Either option would likely involve expenses beyond the means of the city budget. A bond has been discussed as a way of funding a new pool, possibly in conjunction with another city-maintained facility in crisis, the Commerce Public Library. A few have suggested that a new pool and new library could be part of the same building project.

It’s too close to next month’s municipal elections for a bond question to appear on the May municipal ballot. There are no elections scheduled for this November. A bond initiative could appear on ballots next year, or earlier, if a special election is called.

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