To the editor:
Support to keep a rejuvenated Dease Pool open is growing and so are the locations where residents can sign the ongoing petition. The petition is available at the following locations: Superior Bowladrome, Petries Cycle and Sport, Sit'n, Pretty, Twice As Nice Thrift Store, Velvet Rope Floral (111 S. May St) Chapman's Gas Bar, K+A Variety and Restaurant, and The Hub Bazaar.
Residents around the city were shocked when administration announced just two weeks before Christmas that they were recommending the pool's closure. When the public got wind of this there was a public outcry and as a result, there was a motion put forward at the council meeting to delay the ratification vote until the new year, until there was a public meeting.
The motion was defeated by a 6-5 vote. The Mayor and five on council voted against this motion. Their agenda appeared to be more important than a bunch of innocent kids. Why council had to rush this vote through one week prior to Christmas is very unsettling and has left a bad taste in our mouths. This is not the type of change we were looking for at election time. It appears to be just more of the same. The sad thing about all this is how these kids will be hurt by this Christmas decision.
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year especially the kids who use Dease Pool. We will continue to fight to keep your pool open and bring it up to modern day standards, even with hot running water. If I could ask for your help I would suggest you write the Mayor and council a letter stating just how much this pool means to you as they just don't get it.
I am sure your parents or teacher could help you with this.
The public will get a chance to voice their feelings on this issue at a public meeting and Rally.
The meeting will be held on Jan. 3 at the Mary J.L. Black Library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Everyone welcome including the kids who swim at any of our three outdoor pools.