Council approves pool, aquatics study

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:18 a.m.

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Victoria City Council approved moving forward with a $50,000 study that looks at repairs to the municipal pool and a plan for future aquatic needs.

All council members were in favor of studying the infrastructure and associated costs with repairing the pool. However, Councilman Emett Alvarez said the resolution was not concisely presented and voted no.

"I want to fix what we have first," Alvarez said. "It took a bond to pay for a pool. What will it take now?"

Cracks in the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool leak about one to two inches of water daily, said Parks and Recreation Director Doug Cochran.

"It wreaks havoc on our chemicals," he said. "It's a strenuous process every day to have a safe location for people to swim."

The pool was built in 1978 after a bond election passed, which covered the $412,000 facility, Cochran said.

The only other quality of life bond to pass in Victoria was for the youth sports complex, Councilman Tom Halepaska said.

"I feel like we're going to get some answers here that will lead us in the right direction," he said.

Council members David Hagan and Josephine Soliz were absent.

Cochran said the study will evaluate the current pool facilities and make a recommendation on how to move forward, as well as look at the community's future aquatic facilities needs.

"It may be a water park or another swimming pool or splash pads around town," he said. "It depends on what the study finds out."

Alvarez was concerned the study was too broad.

"Are we getting into the water park business?" he asked.

Cochran said they would not propose "anything like a Schlitterbahn."

"They're going to look at what can be sustained and done in our community," Cochran said. "It doesn't mean we're going to build it. It just shows what's the results of this needs analysis."

City Manager Charmelle Garrett assured council the intention was not to close the municipal pool.

Councilman Paul Polasek said rebuilding a pool of this size could run into the millions. Expenses, he said, were difficult to consider.

"We don't want to make a mistake and spend $800,000 to fix a pool that we have problems with three years later," Polasek said. "I think it (the study) is important. I feel confident that we need to get the best information possible so we can make the best decision."



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