City to study operation cost of swimming pool
The De Soto City Council agreed last Thursday to hire a consultant to study the operation and maintenance costs of a new swimming pool.
The study will examine the operation costs of the three new pool options considered by the city. Earlier this month, the council agreed to look at building an indoor/outdoor complex at De Soto High School, an outdoor-only pool behind the Community Center and an outdoor pool at the site of the present Miller Park pool.
Pool committee member Mitra Templin said ongoing costs should be the same for either outdoor site because the pool design would be the same.
Last fall, the city and school district discussed sharing the $6,000 expense of hiring a consultant to study the operation and maintenance costs of an indoor/outdoor complex at the high school. Templin said the consultant, Ken Ballard, was asking for another $1,500 to include the outdoor-only concept in the study.
The council agreed to hire the consultants provided the school district shares equally in the review of the indoor/outdoor complex part of the study.
Council members agreed the operation and maintenance costs would have to be established before the council could ask city voters to approve a bond issue for a new pool.
"This is the next logical step in the decision-making process," said council member Linda Zindler.
City Administrator Gerald Cooper asked the city council to consider banning alcohol at private parties in the Community Center. Too often, the presence of alcohol at the parties lead to vandalism, excessive noise and rowdy behavior, he said.
City monitors are met with abuse when they attempt to close the building, Cooper said. And renters fail to cleanup the building to the city's standards.
Cooper said he was referring only to private parties and not special events like Cinco de Mayo. Organizers of special events take precautions that assure more responsible drinking, he said.
"We've never had a problem with Cinco de Mayo," he said. "They took care of it all."
Still, council members Brad Seaman and Tim Maniez said they were ready to ban alcohol on city property. A decision was put on hold, however, when Anderson suggested the city review its policy for renting its facilities.