Council To Set Goals Tonight, Could Vote To Close Colonial Park Pool Early
The orientation for West U. City Council will take place tonight, giving council an opportunity to set their goals and objectives for the next two years. The orientation will take place during a special meeting at 5 p.m., June 22, in the conference room in the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd.
New Councilman George Boehme says a top priority is staying within the $13.8 million budget for the new Fitness Center and Colonial Park pool and building, along with upgrading the city’s police department technology and infrastructure.
Boehme says the current 911 services and DirectLink are “running out of a gerbil cage powered by an 8-track tape player.” A study performed in 2002 indicated the police department was already out of space, and a recent tour of the building showed closet space used as offices and housing for computers and communication and telephone equipment for both the police and fire station.
The agenda includes more discussion of the West U. Fitness Center and Colonial Park pool, including the names of the facilities. At their last special session, council delayed a vote on closing Colonial Park pool early in order to facilitate an opening in time for the summer of 2010. New Councilman Steven Segal wanted to give residents an opportunity to speak on the issue, and says he will ask that the vote on the issue occur during council’s regular meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Should council vote to close the pool early, the city will be without swimming facilities for up to seven months.
Boehme says “the arguments for speeding up the construction schedule are overwhelming” but should both pool be closed at once, city staff needs “to do everything practicable” to find alternative places to swim for residents who use the city’s pools year-round.