COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - A handful of people asked the Coldwater City Council last night to keep the Heritage Park swimming pool open for this coming summer and beyond. Mayor Tom Kramer said no decisions have been made yet about the future operation of the pool in the aftermath of the announcement late last year of an 11-million dollar gift to the city for an indoor aquatic pool center and expansion of the Independence Recreation building.
Chuck Wood was one of those who offered his thoughts during the opening public comment period last night and said it’s his hope that there are no quick decisions on the pool, urging the council to talk to and get input from the community. He added that during the summertime, most people want to enjoy an outdoor pool and that a number of kids in the city need a place to go during the summer where they can have some fun and be safe.
Mayor Kramer said it’s not as simple as just deciding to keep the pool open. He told the audience, like anything, there are a number of pluses and minuses, that the city has several obligations related to the Aquatic Center including the city’s one-and-a-half million dollar contribution to the project’s price tag. Kramer also stressed that city is responsible for maintenance costs for the new facilities.
In other business last night, the council unanimously approved a wastewater rate hike that takes effect March First which will mean the average residential customer will pay an average of 25-dollars more a year for sewer services .