To the Editor:
Can the life of the current Hopkins Pool be extended with some repairs? If this is a possibility, then it makes sense to wait and explore other possibilities.
A new pool will cost around $6.4 million. A portion of the money will be borrowed in the form of a bond which will cost around $400,000 a year for the next 20 years. In addition, the DeKalb Park District still will be paying around $400,000 a year until 2019 on the bond for the Sports Rec Center. This means that for about five years, the park district will be in debt to the tune of $800,000 per year.
Seems as if there will be little money left to take care of current programs and facilities.
There are four candidates running for the two six-year terms on the park board: Bryant Irving, Per Faivre, Keith Nyquist and Dean Holliday. There are two candidates running for the two-year term: Don Irving, and Mario Fontana, the incumbent.
Each of the new candidates have attended meetings and asked questions about the pool. They understand that a new pool might be the only route to take, but they also see the need to find out more about the possibility of repairing what we have. That is why we need elected officials who are willing to explore all possibilities.
Certainly board members do their best to serve, but it seems that only two current members, Phil Young and Dave Mason, have strongly questioned the pool issue. The other members seem to feel as if a new pool is OK. However, Fontana has been absent from several meetings and I question if he has enough information to make an informed decision.
The park board should hold off on a vote regarding the pool. Their last official meeting is April 11, and as of May 9, the new officials will hold office. Moving forward now will only benefit the architect. Wait until there is a thorough analysis of the pool’s condition and potential lifespan.
Each of the new candidates is prepared to ask the questions, use their experiences and knowledge, and dedicate their time to serve their community. Read. Think. Vote.