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St. Marys looks at pool, other recreation issues



July 03, 2014
The cost-benefit concerns of pool upgrades and other recreational needs are a concern for the St. Marys City Commission.

It's not what needs to be done for the pool and recreation complex, but how to go about accomplishing the best cost-benefit scenario for the citizens and tax payers of St. Marys.

"Perhaps we need to put this up for a vote, because it is the community that will pay for most of this project," Commissioner Doyle Pearl said at the Tuesday, July 1, city commission meeting.

"Let's first get the whole picture and then move it to the ballot, if that would even happen. To have it on the November ballot is too soon," Commissioner Francis Awerkamp said.

These and other cost-benefit scenarios are in process as the St. Marys City Commission agreed to roll up their sleeves and go to work on at 6 p.m., July 8.

"We need to do our due diligence with all our projects," Commissioner Mike Drippe said. To be certain that the pool and recreation complex remains an issue, the commission agreed to work at placing it within the budget items for 2015. "If we have it in the budget to work on something, then it will start the process of improving our park. Perhaps, we start with sidewalks?," Pearl said.

Another scenario is to take a step back and look at the whole picture, rather than just starting on something, "after the budget work session let's look at September to move to a work session at the park to begin to understand what the master plan will be," Awerkamp said.

The Recreation Department is recommending updates to the pool, yet an urgency is not apparent and shared by all. The question of whether to defer or prevent future cost and prolong the overall benefit was raised by city manager Maurice Cordell.

"The current problem with the pool is more than circulation. To draft a report to show the all the issues is cost prohibitive," he said.

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