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BANDON - Following discussion and a unanimous vote by the Bandon City Council at its June 4 meeting, an amendment to the Bandon City Charter will be placed on the November 2018 ballot that states the city will not be responsible for operations or maintenance costs of a swimming pool in Bandon.

Though the council's decision could be viewed as negative news, Bandon Aquatic Center board members realize that if voters approve the ballot measure, it will relieve the apprehensions of some in the community that the city would be responsible for pool upkeep if the pool income could not cover costs.

In addition, the will of a benefactor has named the Bandon Aquatic Center as recipient of a $2.5 million bequest when the will is executed. The Aquatic Center sees this as a reserve fund for the future to cover unanticipated costs and expenses. A stipulation of the will is that the pool be located in the current Bandon City Park. Discussions with city officials continue in order to determine the best location for the pool.

Further good news has come from a Bandon Aquatic Center board member, who has offered to donate $20,000 to the pool if and when the board raises $100,000 in new donations in increments of $2,000 or more. Statements of Intent to donate to this program will soon be available on the center’s website (bandonpool.com). Meanwhile, interested individuals can call board member Ann King at 541-347-2534 and have a statement posted to them. Look for articles on “LOOP Challenge."

Board members took the pulse of the community members a short time ago by asking them if they would like a community pool, and, if so, what concerns they had about the issue. Most responses addressed the financial sustainability of the pool.

"Board members feel that has been addressed as stated above and in their feasibility study," King said (see the feasibility study on the center's website).

Another question addressed the need for a fence around the pool.

"This is a safety requirement and will certainly be in place," King said.

There also were many questions related to timing — asking when the pool will be completed. King said the board has estimated that the pool could be completed by mid-2020.

More information is available at bandonpool.com, on Facebook at Bandon Community Swimming Pool or by calling King at 541-347-2534. 

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