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Keota to attempt to pass $1.18 million bond for new pool

Current 25-year-old facility has been closed for 2 years, 'beyond repair'

Photo courtesy of City of Keota website

The City of Keota will attempt to pass a $1.81 million bond in November in order to install a new pool. The current pool has not been opened for two years due to unsafe conditions.
Photo courtesy of City of Keota website The City of Keota will attempt to pass a $1.81 million bond in November in order to install a new pool. The current pool has not been opened for two years due to unsafe conditions.

KEOTA — Residents in the City of Keota may soon have a place to swim if they are successful in passing a $1.18 million bond at the upcoming November elections.

Keota City Council member Mike Bender said the current pool is approximately 25 years old and has not been opened for two years due to unsafe conditions.

“There were chunks of concrete that were broke up on the floor of the pool that every once in a while somebody would stub their toe or step on a piece of concrete and it’s pretty much beyond repair,” he said.

The average life span of a pool depends on multiple factors, but he said 20 years is about normal. The new proposed pool for Keota will have a diving board, slide and a new feature, zero entry, meaning the pool bottom will gradually slope down for easy access. There also will be a small kids area with sprinklers and splash pads.

Bender said the discussion on whether or not to build a new pool has been on going for more than a year. Recently, the council decided to move forward with seeking a bid. In the November election, they will attempt to pass a $1.18 million bond for the purchase.

If the bond passes, the city is hoping to begin construction in Spring 2020. No tentative opening date has been set for the pool.

“We’re a small community so it’s very difficult to have a bond issued for that kind of money for recreation, but I think it would be nice to have,” he said.