Pool Bond Issue Likely In May

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City Council Puts New Fire Station On The Back Burner

By Joe Foreman, Editor

It appears residents of the city of Glenwood are going to be asked later this year to approve funding for the construction of an outdoor swimming pool on a piece of land adjacent to Glenwood Community High School.

A swimming pool bond issue vote, for an amount yet to be determined, will likely take place in May. The bond issue will not include funding for a new fire station, as previously considered.
    At their regular meeting Feb. 11, city council members agreed with the recommendation of city administrator / finance director Brian Kissel to keep the swimming pool and fire station projects separate. Several council members indicated tying the pool and fire station together could hinder the passage of a bond issue to fund either or both projects.
    “I think the taxpayers could be overwhelmed,” council member Kay LeFever said.
    Maddie Sieck, a spokesperson for the Glenwood Aquatic Center Committee, updated the council on the status of a local survey being conducted in regard to the pool. As of last Tuesday, 557 surveys had been completed. The survey, available on the committee’s Facebook page and in paper form at City Hall and several Glenwood businesses, is being used to gauge interest in the pool and to determine what type of amenities local residents would like the facility to include.
    Surveys will be accepted through the end of February.
    The city council has received limited information on behalf of the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department explaining the need for a new fire station and land has not been secured for a new facility. Kissel said at this point, there isn’t enough information available to include the fire station on a bond issue in May.
    “It’s a complicated subject,” Kissel said. “I don’t think we want to rush it if we’re looking at a bond issue in May.”
    Council member Joe Edwards agreed with Kissel’s assessment.
    “If the fire department had all their ducks in a row, it would be a different story,” Edwards said.
    Jessie Lundvall was the lone member of the council to voice concern about the decision to place a new fire station on the back burner.
    “I just have a hard time putting a pool over public safety,” Lundvall said.
A public meeting concerning the proposed pool / aquatic center is scheduled for Thursday, March 13, at City Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m. More details about the proposed facility and bond issue election are expected to be released prior to the meeting.