A group of citizens interested in a new or significantly unproved swimming pool in Cherokee met with city officials on Wednesday.
The Cherokee Parks and Recreation Department recently received a bequest from the George Bacon estate, with at least part, perhaps most, of that money expected to be used for the aging municipal pool.
Parks and rec received half of the money bequested to community organizations, almost $780,000 to parks and rec with an equal amount divided among the Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Cherokee Villa.
Ron Strickland, city administrator, said that renovations of the pool would be $1.3 million and the possibility is being explored on whether it would be more cost effective to make renovations or build an entirely new pool.
Rich Hinkhouse said the 47-year-old pool has outlived its useful life. There are major problems with the bathhouse, the deck and the nitration system. He also noted that the baby pool is not usable now. He said that repair of the baby pool is not usable now.
He said that repair of the baby pool is being held off pending decisions regarding long range plans for the pool.
Hinkhouse said the swimming pool's needs have been put on the back burner but they won't stay on the back burner.
Fund raising activities including applications for grants are expected to be part of the funding process for pool improvements.