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Webb City Proposes Pool, Seeks Designers

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 Even in freezing cold temperatures the hot topic in Webb City is a proposed aquatic center. A $2.5 million dollar property tax question goes before voters in April. And now city officials are asking designers and engineers to offer ideas. Interim city manager Carl Francis says, "We're going to send out a request for qualifications to design engineers  and architects in  the next week or so to  ask for submissions from people interested in becoming our design engineer."  


That will let city leaders know before the election if building in the chosen location in King Jack park is feasible. The park board which is unanimously backing the  proposal to build an aquatic center south of the amphitheater at King Jack park. 

 Board member Susie Crutcher says, " People of my generation will remember back  over 40 years ago when Webb City had a public pool and it was a gathering place  for the kids in the summertime. Its been over 40 years since we've had a public pool and I'm a grandmother now taking my grand kids all to surrounding towns. And every place we go we see Webb City people,  which makes me think we need a pool of our own."

 

 Kids who get swim lessons at the Webb City  school pool say in summer they have to head out of town.

Cierra Mclean, a 5th grader says, " I go to the Cunningham water park or Schfferdecker water park."

Kassidy Perkins says, "We have a lot of kids  in Webb City who have to drive to Carthage and Joplin 

 The swim team coach and Webb city aquatics director, Shawn Klosterman says, "I  would love to see it happen.  If people had any idea how much use we get out of  this facility, how crowded it is, we need more space."  He hopes a new pool would have competition lanes which the interim city manager says it the plan. That would allow Webb City to host more swim meets. 

 The school pool is open to the community  and Klosterman says its busy from 5am to 830 PM on a daily basis, but even kids say it would be nice to swim outside.

 Paiton Rossetti says, "You can really get your energy out and you can hang out with friends there and do fun things."

 Many believe it will be a boost to Webb City attractions especially at the park. Crutcher says, "The park has a lot of potential there.  There's a fishing  hole, they're clearing the land to have picnic space,   we have an amphitheater and if we built the pool near the amphitheater than  the amphitheater can have access to the concession and restrooms the pool would provide. So it  will just enhance everything King Jack park already offers."

  The ballot question asks to increase Webb City property tax by a total of two-point-five million dollars over the next twenty years.   For every 100-thousand dollars assessed on a house,  it would raise property taxes approximately thirty-five dollars per year.

Interim city manager Carl Francis says, "I have to admit, I'm very pleased with the amount of positive feedback since we put out the proposal for this aquatic facility in Webb City.  A swimming pool has not bee in Webb City for many years.  We're planning  something beyond really a pool but there's been a lot of support, a lot of interest. I've had many phone calls. People stop me in town on  how they support the idea.  They don't like having to drive  outside of the city, having to leave town to in the summertime to go to a swimming facility like this."

Francis says if the issue passes in April, they will examine all building plans for aspects of construction that could be completed by the city's own public works crews to reduce the cost.  He hopes it won't cost the full two point five million dollars but guarantees it won't cost more.

 


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