BURNWORTH MEMORIAL POOL: City to ask for community input

COLUMBIA CITY — The future of the Burnworth Memorial Pool was a topic of discussion at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.Mark Green, the park director, said the park board had a meeting Monday night, and a report was given on the pool and the cost to maintain it.“I guess all and all to summarize the report, they figure they want the pool to last another — it’s not really guaranteed — but another four or five years, it would take $1.1 million dollars to put into the facility,” said Green.Green said he thinks there will be more talk concerning the pool at the park board’s next meeting, and he expects the board will try to get information from the public at the end of the summer or early fall.“I think all in all, they are going to try to get some community input on what the community wants to be done with the pool,” said Green.Being on the fiscal side of things, Mayor Ryan Daniel said it would probably be helpful for council members to attend discussions concerning the pool since they are likely to see the decision.“If the park board were to recommend re-building a new facility or something like that, with you all being the fiscal agents, you would have to be the approval of that,” said Daniel.Daniel said there are several options available to the community as to how the city can proceed, and before they do, they will want to hear the public’s opinions at designated times in the future.