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Glenwood Aquatic Center Vote Set For May 6

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

Glenwood residents will decide Tuesday, May 6, if they’re willing to approve a $4.75 million bond issue for the construction of an outdoor swimming pool and aquatic center. The facility is being proposed at a site adjacent to an auxiliary gymnasium slated for construction at Glenwood Community High School.

A 60-percent “yes” vote is needed for passage of the bond issue. Voting will take place Tuesday from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Glenwood American Legion Hall, located at 104 N. Vine St. Voters who want to cast an early ballot may do so this week at the Mills County Auditor’s Office in Glenwood. Absentee ballot requests must be submitted to the auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2.

The proposed aquatic center would feature a six-lane, 25-meter competition-size pool, a zero-depth entry children’s play area, a “lily pad” water walk, lazy river, low and high diving boards and sail shades to provide protection from the sun. There would also be a concession area, restroom and shower facilities. A late change to the proposal has the facility no longer utilizing the locker rooms inside the GCHS auxiliary gym. An outdoor locker station will be located on the aquatic center grounds.

“We determined it would be cheaper to add some showers to our bathhouse facility and have outdoor lockers,” Glenwood city administrator Brian Kissel said.
The bond issue debt would be retired over 20 years, but property owners in Glenwood would only be assessed for the first seven years under the financing plan for the project. For a home or business assessed at $150,000, the annual aquatic center assessment over seven years would be $44.06. The projection is based on the city receiving $500,000 in donations and grants.

If the $500,000 isn’t collected, the impact on individual property owners would be higher. The impact could be lower if more than $500,000 is given to the project. Local Option Sales Tax dollars generated by the city and county would be used to retire the debt for the remaining 13 years. 

Annual operating expenses are projected at around $160,000 and include management fees to the Mills County YMCA, the organization that is expected to run the facility. 

Kissel said revenue generated at the aquatic center and Local Option Sales Tax dollars would be utilized to offset operational expenses.

Glenwood residents can learn more about the aquatic center proposal at an informational meeting and ice cream social Thursday, May 1, at the Glenwood Senior Center, 20 N. Vine St., beginning at 6:30 p.m.