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City will accept online applications for new group until 5 p.m. Friday, May 14

On April 19, the Sandy City Council established a task force to explore options for the future of the Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center. Now councilors are seeking interested community members to serve on the task force.

The community pool was closed two years ago because of cited needs for repairs and new funding sources. At the time, the council claimed that the closure would be temporary while the city found a funding source to operate the pool without putting financial strain on the city budget.

Councilor Don Hokanson explained at the April 19 council meeting that the nearing departure of longtime Community Services Director Tanya Richardson and the "potential for stimulus money or infrastructure money that may come available" are driving him and his colleagues to establish the Pool Exploratory Task Force. Councilors hope the group will answer questions, such as:

• "What is the physical state of the pool?"

• "What would it cost to get it open?"

• "What would be the best operating model?"

• "What should the pool offer in terms of services?"

As presented by City Recorder Jeff Aprati in a written staff report, the proposed purpose of the task force is to "produce a recommendation to the Mayor on how to reopen the Olin Bignall Aquatic Center."

"Specifically, (the task force aims to) identify upgrades, repairs and other modifications necessary for reopening the pool," Aprati said. "(A task force also would) determine a preferred operating model for the pool to include programs, hours, staffing that maximizes the utilization of the pool, revenue, and minimizes expenses; identify the cost models including upfront costs, budgets, and revenue streams; propose a feasible timeline for reopening the pool (and) explore the availability of grants or other non-city sources of funding."

The bylaws for the new task force are available online at bit.ly/sandypooltaskforce.

Councilors Hokanson, Kathleen Walker and Carl Exner have agreed to serve on the task force. Those interested in serving with them can apply online before 5 p.m. Friday, May 14.

No more than two task force members may reside outside of the city limits and there are five seats open to Sandy residents. Chosen applicants will be interviewed and the council will make the final decision on members.


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