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(Neb)-Good Turnout Already For Rushville Pool Vote

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/09/2019 12:42 PM
RUSHVILLE - Voter turnout is good for today's special election in Rushville on an $850,000 bond issue to help fund a new outdoor pool and renovation of the city's existing indoor pool.

      It's an all-mail vote and the Sheridan County Clerk's office said late yesterday afternoon that a little over 500 ballots had been sent out and around 200 had already been received.

       Ballots must be in to the clerks office by 5:00 today to be counted. Election officials think it should take well under an hour to tally up the paper ballots.

      The pool proposal developed by Burbach Aquatics calls for an outdoor pool will a zero-depth entry and water features that include a raft slide and lazy river. All existing filters and mechanical systems for the indoor pool would also be upgraded.

      The current pool was built about 60 years ago and has not been aging well in recent years. Pool supporters formed a committee - the Sink or Swim Committee - which conducted a survey 4 years ago that show nearly unanimous support for a renovation and construction project.

       The plan that will be used if the voters approve the bond issue today was the 7th reviewed by the committee, but the only one taken to the city council.

       The Committee has already received one major grant and some smaller funding commitments, but the bond issue is needed for the project to move forward.

        If it's approved, a larger formal capital campaign is planned as well as expanded grant writing efforts. The hope is to have full funding ready and construction underway at the end of next summer with a goal of having the new outdoor pool open the following summer.


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