Peru Man Opposes New Pool Plan

A firm hired to see if a new city swimming pool makes sense for Peru is ready to move ahead with a feasibility study.

George Deines of Counsilman-Hunsaker based in St. Louis told the Peru City Council Monday night they’ll start this week on a 3 to 4 month feasibility study.  After that it could take up to a year for the city to figure out funding sources before a year’s worth of designing.  Bidding and actual construction then could take more than a year. 

Deines didn’t venture to predict a price for a new swimming pool.  He says most pools are now geared towards all age groups and are looked at as aquatic centers with multi-uses.

When it came time for public opinion, Gina Martin questioned if there’s room for a pool next to the splash pad.  She also hopes the public will have input on a pool design.

Marvin Gum meanwhile wondered about costs like a pool manager and chemicals.  He says he’s “dead against” a new pool and told WLPO News that the best thing that ever happened was when the current mayor closed the old pool. The 83-year-old Gum made the comments while wearing a shirt saying “No Pool, More Asphalt.” 

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