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Indoor pool idea still afloat
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The dream of an indoor pool is still afloat.

McMinnville officials have again placed $10,000 in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 for indoor pool conceptual drawings.

“I don’t think we need to put that in there because we said we weren’t going to attack that project until after we are finished with the Civic Center,” said Alderman Everett Brock.

Others remember last year’s conversation differently.

“That’s not what we said,” said Alderman Steve Harvey.

Alderman Ben Newman added, “I want to pursue the pool because we can. It’s not something we have to put on hold because we have construction going. We know it’s going to take a while to draw up plans and get those ready. We might be able to go out for bids on a pool while the Civic Center is being constructed and then, by the time that’s complete, we can start construction on it.”

McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord agreed.

City officials inspected indoor pool facilities at Manchester Parks and Recreation, Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, and Jimmy Floyd Center in Lebanon.

“We need to go ahead and pursue it now,” said Newman. “We’ve visited pools. We have an idea of the pros and cons. Things that don’t work for people, things that do work for people. If we let that information get stale on our minds, we may have to revisit it again and I don’t want to do that.”

Bobby Kirby, a former alderman, urged the city to construct an indoor pool and recommended a 25-meter by 25-yard lap pool with a pre-engineered building to enclose it. It would be located next to the Civic Center.

No final decisions have been made on an indoor pool, except the inclusion of $10,000 into the budget which passed unanimously in committee.