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Grandview residents to be given two aquatic center options

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Service Board is getting ready to take its show on the road.

Over the next two weeks, representatives from the group will be meeting with local organizations to gather more community input on the proposed aquatic center. The group plans to put the aquatic center measure on the ballot this spring.

Last night, the group met to take one last look at the talking points they are going to share with the community during their presentations, as well as to look at the number of votes they will need to pass the measure.

"This is the piece that will be used for community involvement," said Dave Copeland, the group's chairman, of the talking points.

He explained that the talking points will make it so everyone is telling the same story at the difference presentations.

The talking points include a brief narrative on how the aquatic center proposal was defeated by voters in 2000. It also includes numbers on what the center was going to cost five years ago, noting that in 2000 the proposed tax levy was $114 a year for the owner of a $100,000 house.

The document also includes a list of three options that are available to choose from when it comes to the aquatic center. The options include different aquatic components, ranging from the inclusion of an indoor pool and community room in one model and nothing more than a three-foot deep large recreation pool in another model.

Last night, the group decided that instead of going out to the community with three different options, they would narrow the choices to two.

Board member Tim Grow noted that in the talking points the first option, which includes nothing more than a bathhouse and a recreation pool, is labeled as something that most likely would not sustain itself. According to the talking points, although the facility would cost $3.2 million to build, the operation of the finished facility would probably still have to be subsidized by the city.

"This is a consideration, but in my opinion it is not an option," Grow said.

Board member Dan Churchill said his concern was that the whole idea of the board was to search through the community's requests and ideas when it comes to an aquatic center and to narrow it down to the best options. He said he didn't feel that option one could be labeled as a workable option.

He added that he liked the idea of having the cost estimates for option one included in the talking points, but didn't feel that it should be included amongst the options community members will get to choose from.

Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter said with the board's input he will change option one to consideration one, which will mean it will still be included amongst the talking points but it won't be an option citizens can choose.

The options the board will be taking input on during the upcoming focus group presentations is one that includes a three-foot deep recreation pool with water toys, a water slide and a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool. It also includes a concession stand and picnic and playground areas. This option, according to the talking points, is estimated to cost $5.2 million to construct and would necessitate a property tax levy of $6.93 per month for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The second option community members will have a chance to choose includes everything listed in the above option, as well as an indoor pool and indoor and outdoor hot tubs. It also includes a sand volleyball court and improvements to the existing tennis courts in Euclid Park. This option is estimated to cost $6.9 million to construct, and would require a property tax levy of $9.07 a month for the owner of a $100,000 home.

The board will be making its presentation at different meetings over the next two weeks. They will present Jan. 10 at the Grandview School Board meeting, Jan. 11 at the Chamber of Commerce meeting, Jan. 12 at the Grandview Rotary Club meeting, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. to city department heads at Grandview City Hall, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. to city council at Grandview City Hall, Jan. 19 at the Kiwanis Club meeting and again Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. to Grandview senior citizens at the Carl L. Stevens Senior Center.

During the focus group meetings the board will be looking for input as to which of the options should be included on the May ballot.

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