What to do about the pool at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex in High River is very much on the minds of Mayor Craig Snodgrass and Town Council.
The pool is closed for the foreseeable future while they deal with electrical issues that need to be repaired to the tune of close to a quarter of a million dollars.
Snodgrass says building a new pool is high on Council's priority list, but it's going to cost us.
"If it is a Council priority then we'll find the money to do it. But, it's about a $23 million touch. It doesn't just happen by Wednesday right? To pull that off in our little town here. So, there's a lot of things that have got to fall into place."
Snodgrass says two public feedback sessions last year showed residents overwhelmingly want a new pool, so now it's up to Council to figure out where, when and how much.
He says the Town can't do it alone and will need money from the Province and the Feds to make it a reality, but with elections on both fronts coming up next year, dollar commitments could be scarce.
Snodgrass says that's not an issue to him.
"Well, you know the way I roll, I don't really care about an election year or not. We've got stuff that needs to be done in these communities and we don't shut down for six months or a year, while these guys figure out what they're doing. We've got decisions to make and we'll figure out how we're going to get these things done once we put them in priority and continue to move forward."
Snodgrass says the Town is also dealing with provincially mandated upgrades to the waste water treatment plant and infrastructure needs to the water treatment plant which he says will total $55-million.
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