Providing money to study Kerrville’s future aquatic needs moved closer to reality Monday as the Economic Improvement Corporation voted unanimously to have city staff draw up a funding agreement.
That document will come back to the EIC board for a public hearing and review, then it will go to the city council for final approval.
Funds for a study — $100,000 — have been in the EIC’s budget since 2016 but not used. Assistant city manager E.A. Hoppe estimated the study may use one-half to two-thirds of that.
Parks and recreation department director Ashlea Boyle presented an overview of the Olympic Pool, the city’s current swimming facility, which was built in 1970. She noted it has holes in the bottom, there is no first-aid area, storage space is limited, and the pool is too small for competitive swimming.
Schreiner University and the Kerrville Independent School District have indicated interest in a year-round pool suitable for competition.
Asked by board member Robert Naman how the pool had come to its current condition, Boyle said it had received routine maintenance over the decades, but there had been no large-scale, big-money fixes.
Boyle said the study will determine whether the city does a major repair to the Olympic Pool — estimated in the past at $500,000 to $750,000 — or opt for a new facility, possibly with separate recreational and competitive facilities.
The cost for building a new complex has been estimated at $6 million.
Board president Kenneth Early asked Boyle if she felt a new facility with more amenities, such as water slides, would result in more use. She responded that was a possible result, but the city would have to be careful to keep entry fees reasonable.
Boyle also said the study would need to look at the availability of year-round staffing. Many of the current pool workers are students who are out of school for the summer.
In other business Monday, the EIC board continued their discussion of possible changes in the application process.
Board member Gary Cooper said that one recent application lacked items he considered necessary, and that lack of information “didn’t serve the project well.”