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Hartselle Enquirer

New pool bold move for the city

$2.2 million is a lot of money for a new swimming pool, but in Hartselle’s case it’s a bold and wise move.

Who can imagine the existing pool being closed down during the hot days of June, July and August and residents being happy about it?

It wasn’t an easy decision for the city council to have to make, especially since it calls for the city to borrow long-term money. However, the other two options – close the pool or spend $350,000 to $450,000 to make needed repairs – left a lot to be desired. Given the pool’s recent history of year-to-year breakdowns, repairs wouldn’t provide a permanent fix. The city’s leaders knew that and wisely chose the best option.

Now that that decision has been made, the next step will be to ensure that the design is one that will have great public appeal and withstand the rigors of wear and tear over the next 35 years. Its potential for future growth and development should also be kept in mind.

While building a $13 million lifestyle center is certainly out of the question for Hartselle right now, it did start the discussion on what the city wanted in a new pool. That may have allowed the city to move forward with the replacement of the city pool much quicker this time around.

Hopefully, the planning process will go smoothly, weather will smile on the builders and the city will be able to open a brand new swimming facility on Memorial Day weekend in 2012.

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