STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Water, water everywhere
When the Mitchell Aquatics Club assembled its temporary pool recently, I don't think club members knew just how temporary that pool would be. As you can read in today's Daily Republic, the pool collap... Posted on 3/1/10 at 4:40 AM
As the Mitchell Aquatic Club prepares to fill its new above-ground pool, owners of nearby businesses are still waiting to be compensated for damages caused by the collapse of the club’s old pool.
Nearly four months ago, the club’s previous pool collapsed and released 85,000 gallons of water throughout the North Star Plaza on North Main Street. The club is at work on a replacement pool, which is scheduled to be filled today.
There’s little to suggest that the interior of the Mitchell Aquatic Club’s new home was once an auto-repair shop.
Members and volunteers have spent hundreds of hours transforming the former Campbell Supply’s automotive service center at 1401 N. Main St. into the home of a temporary, above-ground, indoor pool that will be the club’s headquarters and practice area until a permanent home is found.
As the summer heats up, the Mitchell Aquatics Center and poolpass holders are hoping to avoid additional rain checks this season.
As of Saturday, a day before the official start of summer, the city pool already had suffered five days of inactivity due to Mother Nature.
The Mitchell City Council voted unanimously Monday evening at City Hall to contribute 33.3 percent of the costs to operate the Mitchell Middle School indoor pool next school year, up to a maximum of $30,000 and including the $11,000 the council already is scheduled to contribute.
A fitness facility with an indoor pool — built through the cooperative efforts of three entities — and an urgent care clinic are needed in Mitchell to better serve the region’s residents, according to a subcommittee of the long-range planning group Focus 2020.
Parents of swimmers in the Mitchell Aquatic Club last week held a special meeting to discuss a proposal that could close the swimming pool at Mitchell Middle School, but the club has yet to come up with a concrete plan to present to the school board.
MAC coach Chuck Baechler said that with an eye toward procuring possible grant money to support the pool, MAC leadership has contacted the state’s congressional delegates, has begun organizing volunteers and is working to develop any potential funding source.
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