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December 24, 2013

Webb City panel advances proposal for city pool

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The City Council has advanced a proposal for a $2.5 million bond issue to pay for construction of a city swimming pool.

The council approved the first reading of the measure by a 6-0 vote during a meeting Monday night. The panel will vote Jan. 13 whether to place the proposal on the April 8 election ballot.

Interim City Administrator Carl Francis cited as an example of the cost to property owners that the measure would increase the tax bill on a $100,000 home by $35 per year.

Francis said a pool has been one of the most requested projects by residents.

“This is a voter need that I have heard in my time in Webb City,” he said. “I hear about it about once a week, how people want their own pool in the city instead of traveling to a neighboring town to use theirs. It definitely has been on their minds.”

A proposed location for the pool is in King Jack Park near land that is being reclaimed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup of mining waste in the area. An estimated 23 acres will be reclaimed in the project.

Francis said that if the bond question were approved by voters in April, the council would hold meetings to gather public opinion on what residents want.

“We want to gauge what their need is and what amenities they would like to see so that we can get a plan out,” Francis said.

He said if voters authorized a bond issue, the pool could be ready to open in the summer of 2015.

“We would be lucky to break ground by fall (of 2014), so (the) next summer would be our aim,” Francis said.

Four-sevenths majority

THE LIKELY 20-YEAR BOND DEBT would require a four-sevenths, or 57.1 percent, majority for passage at the polls, according to Carl Francis, interim city administrator.

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