Council Votes on Aquatic Center Planning
At the Monday, August 6th City Council meeting, the Council received a presentation from the independent Visalia Aquatics Wellness Center Committee.
Although presented last night, the process began back in August of 2017 when the Visalia City Council approved Council Member Greg Collins' request for the Council to add an item to a future agenda to hear a report from an independent committee.
Organized by Council Member Collins, the committee would consider location, funding, operations, maintenance, and design for a competitive community pool.
In their presentation to the Council, the Committee showed a proposed Center location on the southwest corner of Burke and School, with a proposed facility design that would include a play pool, a shallow pool, and a 50-meter pool. The Committee shared their feeling that an aquatic center would address both the general aquatic community and the competitive aquatics community.
At the close of their presentation, the Committee asked the Council for approval to develop a preliminary design, cost estimates and a business plan in the total of $40,000.
Comments from the public included both pro and con discussion, with members of the public and the Visalia Parks and Recreation Commission addressing the Council, and the Council addressed the issue with each member sharing their thoughts on the project.
At the close of Council comments, Vice Mayor Bob Link made a motion to send the project to the Park and Recreation Commission, and that they come back to the Council in a six-month period of time with a concept and the cost for a consultant.
Mayor Warren Gubler clarified that no money was being allocated by the motion and that the Commission and the Committee would work together to develop a plan and in six-months present to the Council again.
With a 4-1 vote, Gubler no, the Council approved the motion and the item will come before Council again in early 2019.