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Potholes for pools: Idea floated to open two more city pools with road money

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Pools have Toledo City Council members talking again.   But an idea to open two more pools this summer may not float.

Many were surprised that council president Paula Hicks-Hudson (D) is making this proposal to open two pools by using road repair money.

After some budgetary wrangling, four city pools are slated to open, this summer.  But two others were supposed to stay dry.

So Paula Hicks-Hudson want to take $261,000 to fix up Jamie Farr and Wilson pools and open them in the central city.

“It’s a bad idea.”

Councilman Mike Craig (D) says the idea to fix up ad open those two pools by using road repair money is not a good use of tax dollars.

He told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, “We need to be using all the money that we can to repair our roads.”

Farr and Wilson pools need about $50,000 work apiece because of leaking problems.

But the city took $14-million from the roads budget, this year, to balance the *city’s* budget and taking any more doesn’t make sense.

Councilman Rob Ludeman (R) says, “Putting money into pools which benefit a few versus putting money into streets which benefit everybody;  that’s kind of a no-brainer.”

“To open pools in certain sections and not in others is a problem.”

Councilman Larry Sykes sees the benefits of opening all 6 city pools.

He believes the city should eventually work with businesses to help fund pool operations, and with bad roads from a terrible winter, Sykes knows repairs must be made.

But he says timing is always on issue in a debate like this.

Sykes told 13abc, “This year, last year, it’s never a good time.  What’s best for the community, I think, that’s what president Hicks-Hudson was looking at.”

One councilmember told 13abc opening four city pools is better than opening none so residents should be thankful we’re doing as much as we are.

As for diverting road repair money to opening pools,  Mayor D. Michael Collins (I) is against this idea and five of the six council members we talked to do not like it.

We’ll see if this pool idea floats.

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