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City Council hears update on Swim Center

Tuesday, November 13

Council will schedule workshop soon to decide facility's fate

After a detailed presentation by City Manager Ed Memmott at on the challenges associated with maintaining and running the Swim Center, Council decided to hold a workshop at a later date to sort out the various possibilities for the future of the facility. According to Memmott, an additional $250,000 would be needed to make repairs to the Swim Center and keep it open. That's in addition to the $400,000 the city currently spends on the facility annually.


Also at last night's meeting, Council voted 4-3 to approve plan three of the five proposed plans for City Council Redistricting. As they did during the first reading, Mayor Junie White and Council members Jerome Rice, Robert Reeder, and Linda Dogan all voted in favor of the plan, while Council members Cate Ryba, Jan Scalisi, and Sterling Anderson were opposed. The plan must be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department in accordance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act before becomming law.


Council also voted 6-1 to rezone the propert located at 1585 East Main Street from Limited Office District to Neighborhood Shopping District, allowing the building on the property (a former bank branch) to be converted into a restaurant. A buffer zone, including extensive landscaping and a six-foot tall masonry fence will be requred between the property and any adjacent residential property.


For a more detailed rundown of what happened at last night's council meeting, check out our Storify post below, including live tweets from the meeting and notes.