The Storm Lake City Council has set its sights on building an aquatic center to replace the existing municipal pool during its annual goal setting session recently.
City Administrator John Call said the aquatic center will be a "hot button" issue over the next two years, along with improving employee retention and studying downtown revitalization, all three of which are emerging strategic goals.
"Emerging strategic goals are new things," Call said. "They're hot buttons and the most urgent."
After receiving a report on the current state of the city's pool, the council has decided to develop an outdoor aquatic center, complete with zero-depth entry, slides and water play structures.
"The (current) pool can limp by for another five years, but it would take $100,000 of improvements," Call said, noting the council would like to see a new development rather than throwing money away to repair an aging facility.
Once a plan has been developed, the city will hold a public hearing to gauge people's response and then the aquatic center will go to a vote.
A new pool development will also pay economic development dividends, Call suggests.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/26 Pilot Tribune.