Voters back Elkhorn pool, reject Woods School project

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Staff | November 6, 2013

ELKHORN -- Voters approved an advisory referendum Tuesday to borrow and spend up to $3.5 million to replace the pool at Sunset Park.

The total vote was 1,069 to 310. There was a 27.29 percent turnout with 1,379 votes cast.

The vote is only advisory, and the proposal ultimately must be approved by the city council, which could make a decision as soon as its Dec. 2 meeting, according to Alderman Brian Olson.

The pool was built more than 40 years ago in Sunset Park. It has needed numerous repairs over the years, including a repair project done about 12 years ago that was designed to extend the life of the pool by 10 years, according to the city newsletter.

The city council is not bound by the referendum results.

The following items would likely be among the minimum requirements for a new facility: zero-depth entry, an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pool and bath house, six competitive swimming lanes and starting blocks, a dual-sided concession stand to serve pool and park activities, a diving area, an extended deck and a slide.

A referendum on expanding or renovating Woods Elementary School did not pass Tuesday.

Residents of the Woods Elementary School District rejected a $5.5-million project that would have added six classrooms and a gymnasium, renovated the kitchen and revamped the entrance of the school.

Final totals showed the town of Linn residents voted 70-15 against the project and town of Geneva residents voted 138-55 against it.

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