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DeKalb park board creates pool committee

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:51 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb Park District Vice President Per Faivre is leading a new committee to explore options for repairing or replacing Hopkins Pool.

Park commissioners voted, 4-0, to create the committee, whose members will analyze data and compile a report with recommendations over the next six months. Faivre and park board Secretary Keith Nyquist will serve on the committee and decide its makeup and schedule. Park board Treasurer Don Irving was absent from the vote.

“My suggestion is we don’t have 40 people on it, but let’s do our best to get good representation,” board President Phil Young said.

DeKalb park leaders have adopted a few different approaches for the 39-year-old pool in the past six months or so.

The DeKalb Park District has until 2015 to submit to the state a plan to make Hopkins Pool, especially its locker rooms and entrances, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Leaders had been planning to spend $5 million replacing the pool within its current footprint, but abandoned those plans shortly after three new commissioners were elected to the five-member board. Executive Director Cindy Capek also resigned in May after leaders negotiated a separation agreement in which the park district would continue to pay her salary for six months.

DeKalb leaders briefly discussed partnering with the Sycamore Park District on a new pool. They abandoned those efforts last month, because DeKalb park leaders did not want to spend money on land for a joint facility.

So this new committee will work to gather information and various viewpoints about the community’s needs for a public pool.

Faivre and Nyquist will provide monthly updates to their fellow park commissioners about the committee’s progress, and the information the committee gathers will be presented to the future executive director.

Park commissioners interviewed three search firms and will consider hiring one to find the district’s next executive director at a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

“One of the reasons we need to do this is: when we get a new executive director, he or she can get this information and not just be starting from scratch,” Young said.

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