Lead­ers to ex­am­ine city pool again

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION - BY RYAN LEWIS CORRESPONDENT Ryan Lewis is based in Mar­ion County. Con­tact him at ryan­lewis34@gmail.com.

SOUTH PITTS­BURG, Tenn. — City lead­ers are plan­ning to take another look at re­open­ing the city pool at Loyd Park.

In May 2017, some res­i­dents were an­gered when the South Pitts­burg City Com­mis­sion an­nounced the pool would not be opened that sum­mer due to bud­get cuts.

“That’s all th­ese kids have around here,” one res­i­dent shouted at the board at the time. “We need to try to get some money to­gether for th­ese kids.”

The pool re­mained closed in 2017 and again this year be­cause Mayor Vir­gil Holder said the town didn’t have the money to main­tain it.

The pool is “way out” of the bud­get, he said in 2017.

At the board’s Septem­ber meet­ing, res­i­dent Carolyn Mill­hiser said city lead­ers should put the pool is­sue “on the front burner.”

“We’ve got a swim­ming pool that’s sit­ting up there grow­ing frogs,” she said. “Now is the time to think about what we’re go­ing to do next sum­mer, not April-May when we don’t have enough time.”

Last April, the board voted 3-2 to ap­ply for a $200,000 Ten­nessee De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Lo­cal Parks and Recre­ation Fund grant in an ef­fort to re­place the city pool with a splash pad es­ti­mated to cost $400,000.

Holder said of­fi­cials re­ceived a let­ter from TDEC on Au­gust 27 con­firm­ing the city’s ap­pli­ca­tion for the grant had been de­nied.

“They [TDEC] gave out $13.5 mil­lion and had re­quests for $16 mil­lion out of that grant block,” he said. “So, our project be­cause of scor­ing — we scored 51 out of a re­quired 62 — was not funded.”

Com­mis­sioner Jimmy Ha­ley re­quested the board set up a work­shop to dis­cuss “putting the pool back in ser­vice.”

“Let’s see what it would cost us and what we need to do to get it back be­cause we might as well use what we’ve got.”

Holder said it would be bet­ter to get cost es­ti­mates up front and “some rec­om­men­da­tions from some folks that know what they’re do­ing” be­fore the board meets in a work­shop about the mat­ter.

Holder said he would di­rect City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gene Vess to gather the in­for­ma­tion the board needed so it could or­ga­nize a work­shop to dis­cuss the is­sue in the near fu­ture.

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