To give local citizens an opportunity to discuss the threatened closure of the White Salmon swimming pool in 2010, the city will hold a public hearing to address the issue on Oct. 21.
The city's Budget Committee has recommended closing the pool next year due to budgetary constraints. Shutting down the pool would save the city an estimated $40,000 for the year, but the pool has been very popular with the community and the proposed move is very controversial.
"The City Council has the final say on the budget," explained Mayor David Poucher. "The Budget Committee recommended that a public hearing be held to hear comment on the closing of the swimming pool."
Mayor Poucher added that he hoped an alterative to closing the pool could be found, and urged people to come to the meeting to express their views.
"The council needs to hear from you," Poucher said. "This is not the time to be quiet."
City Council member Bob Landgren, a strong supporter of the pool, was not prepared to give up on having the pool open next year.
"It's a very important part of our community," Landgren said. "The pool is an icon. We need to have solutions and suggestions. It's important that people come to that meeting and talk. I hope a lot of people show up."
The public session on the pool will be part of the White Salmon City Council meeting on Oct. 21 in the White Salmon Fire Hall. It will begin at 6 p.m.
In a related event, the public is also invited to attend a parks and recreation district committee meeting to discuss building a new pool and placing it under the management of a parks and recreation district. This meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, also at the White Salmon Fire Hall.