The Beacon reported that the voters in Cannon Falls voted "NO" to a new pool.
I don't believe that is quite accurate. I think the voters of Cannon Falls rejected spending over $4 Million on an extensive aquatic center.
I did not vote against a new/renovated pool for the community but voted NO because it was an outrageous proposal with so many undocumented "facts" in the proposal from the consultants. This outfit should be shown the door and left unpaid.
I support replacing the pool with something more modest. If done correctly the pool, like the school and the library, are significant assets to the community. The current pool has served us well but is arguably tired, unsafe, and definitely not ADA accessible. "The pool needs to be upgraded or replaced." This is what I heard in many community discussions.
Let's take it from the top and start with realistic attendance figures. Put together a pool advisory committee that represents an entire cross section of the community (i.e. business owners, parents with young children, teens who use the pool, day care providers, senior citizens, experienced life guards, and a city council liaison).
If we need to close the pool this coming summer for safety reasons, perhaps we could run a bus service to Red Wing, Hastings, Northfield, etc.