City council stands behind community pool project

CSC students glance through the fence at the closed Chadron Municipal Swimming Pool as discussion on a new pool project goes through Chadron City Council. — Photo Illustration by Teri Robinson

CSC students glance through the fence at the closed Chadron Municipal Swimming Pool as discussion on a new pool project goes through Chadron City Council. — Photo Illustration by Teri Robinson

Voting for the addition of a half-cent tax increase to the Nov. 4 ballot was unanimously approved by the Chadron city council, Monday during a special meeting.

The council originally voted against moving forward with the pool initiative for several reasons, mostly dealing with possible future money issues. The half-cent tax increase is to assist in raising $4 million of the $6 million project. The other $2 million was planned to come from grants. 

However, despite the unanimous vote, the increase would have been placed on the November ballot due to the efforts of community members. 

On Aug. 14, 52 petition forms were turned in to the county clerks office, and on Aug. 19, the city received certification of 575 valid signatures, which were approved by the clerks office, City Clerk Donna Rust said.

Besides voting on the ballot addition, the council also talked about misconceptions they heard from community members about the pool. 

Levi Grant, vice mayor, said people had approached him and said they thought an entirely new pool was being constructed. 

While new additions are being constructed, the current shell of the pool will remain where it is. The initial plan is to construct a fitness center and therapy facility alongside the remodeled pool. 

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