Plans to raise funds and fill the municipal swimming pool fell apart during a special meeting of the Olney City Council held Monday, June 17, after a group of citizens spoke against the changing of the ordinance and City Council members expressed concerns about several aspects of the plan.

A group of local citizens came together a few weeks ago and formulated a plan to raise money to fill the city pool with water purchased from the city of Graham. The plans would have moved forward if the City Council had agreed to open the pool and change the Phase 4 drought restriction portion of its ordinance, which stipulated that the pool would not be open at all during that phase.

Debbie Sandlin, former City Council member, spoke on behalf of a group of citizens who opposed the plan. During her presentation, Sandlin said she had received more than 25 messages from concerned citizens who asked her to speak on their behalf. The concerns about the project centered on the city changing its ordinance, the message that sends to residents and ongoing drought conditions in the state. Council members later expressed their own concerns regarding liability to the city and remaining cost of the project before declining to open the pool this year. 

 

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