The time is now for city councillors to be proactive and make a decision. After all, that is what they were elected to do by the citizens of Moose Jaw.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
The Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool opened for the season on June 9, 2014. At that evening's council meeting, city council voted in favour of repairing the structural shoring in the Natatorium at a cost of $27,127 with a budget of $30,000 as soon as possible.
In Monday’s executive meeting, the contentious topic of the Natatorium and the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool came up once again.
The committee passed a motion to allow a request for proposals (RFP) to be put out on the property.
Councillors went back and forth about what they thought would be the best option for the almost 20-year vacant building.
Coun. Brian Swanson out-right rejected the notion of the site — in particular, the pool — being redeveloped.
Coun. Heather Eby suggested the city should see what sort of interest is there for redevelopment.
The circle continues in council chambers, it appears.
This issue has been brought up more than once and no decisions have been made on it.
Putting out a RFP only delays the decision making process for council.
It is unfortunate that if a contractor did come to the city with a plan to redevelop the Natatorium, it would also probably be the demise of the outdoor pool as well.
Matt Noble, the city manager, explained that it would have to be an all-or-nothing pitch because the hardware for the pool is built in to the Natatorium’s structure.
It would be nice to see the outdoor pool stay in Crescent Park, but the city has dragged its heels on properly fixing it and has continuously done patch work to it.
If this city council really wanted to keep the Natatorium and pool alive, it would have made a decision — good or bad — years ago.
Now, they are being put into a difficult position because everything keeps on aging and falling apart and they don’t have the money to stop it.
Councillors are elected to terms based on promises they make to the citizens.
Issues will always arise, but they were chosen for their leadership and decision making abilities.
Council should consider all of the proposals that come in as a result of the RFP and make a decision about what is best for the structure and the city.
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