Pool should go to voters
Dear Editor:(This letter was originally addressed to members of the Aspen Recreation Center advisory committee.)After such a busy and fun summer teaching swimming, I put on my red high-heel dancing shoes to celebrate our current City Council’s unprompted decision to back up previous City Council’s intentions and “promises” to voters to build an outdoor swimming pool at the recreation center by submitting a financing question to voters in November 2005.In fact, Aspen’s council was prepared at last Monday night’s meeting to approve the ballot question for November asking voters if the city of Aspen should be authorized to retain and spend five years’ worth of excess property taxes toward the following four goals:1. hybrid buses2. sidewalks3. storm water runoff management4. design and construction of an outdoor swimming pool at the ARC.Now the outside swimming pool ballot question to voters is in limbo because your group isn’t sure if they want to lose the grassy area reserved for an outside the pool area because:1. Swimmers use the grassy area to sun in.2. Your group thinks maybe a fitness center should be put in the pool’s grassy area instead of a pool?!What’s up with that? Are you aware that the city, acting on the community’s input when the recreation center’s indoor pool was built, also built the underground culverts needed to build the outside pool in the grassy area where your group wants to put fitness equipment instead? Are you also aware of your group’s business plan survey which resulted in the community ranking an outdoor swimming pool as a priority? How did you decide the community does not want an outside swimming pool?This Tuesday at 4 p.m., City Council will hold a special meeting to determine if the funding for an outside pool should be included in the ballot question. Could you please explain to council how and why your group decided to ask council to not put the swimming pool financial question on the ballot for voters to decide? And, most importantly, explain to council how a grassy area for sunning or an expanded fitness center would bring in more revenue than an outdoor swimming pool? I sincerely hope there has been some miscommunication to the council and that the ARC advisory group will support putting a question for financing for an outdoor swimming pool to voters. What better way to know if there is support for anything than for voters to decide? Until Tuesday afternoon, I will take off my red high-heel shoes, put back on my bathing suit and encourage the community to contact City Council or come to Tuesday’s council meeting to voice their support for putting the question on the ballot. Toni KronbergAspen
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