The bathhouse at the new swimming pool was brought up several times at the Elk Point City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 1.

Greg Hovland appeared during the public forum and asked why the bathhouse was not included in the $1.5 million bond that is paying for the swimming pool. He feels that bathhouse was “conveniently” omitted from the bond issue information and most residents were not aware there would be up to $500,000 in additional funds needed to complete the project. He is also concerned that pool admission be raised to offset the higher price of operating a larger facility.

Under new business, the council further discussed the bathhouse. City Finance Officer Erika Hammitt told the council the city currently has $239,038 dedicated to the bathhouse. That includes $173,000 set aside by the city, plus donations, pool tile purchases and money from the sale of aluminum cans. Hammitt said the city currently has $1.6 million in unassigned general funds that could be tapped for the additional $261,000 needed for the bathhouse.

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