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Peru mayor says he’ll use his power to prevent pool from opening

Posted by wlpo on May 24, 2010

Memorial Day weekend has long marked the beginning of summer and the opening weekend for area pools.  Unless it rains, the Peru Pool come Saturday will be bone dry.

Mayor Scott Harl says he’ll use his authority to make sure the pool doesn’t open for the season.  He says he can’t after hearing the opinions of the city attorney, insurance providers, and architects.

A study of the pool by Williams Architects shows the original pool vessel looks to be crumbling and the pool and bathhouse don’t comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bringing the pool into compliance would take time and thousands of dollars.

Harl let his feelings known during Monday night’s city council meeting.  It followed an hour and a half long public meeting on the pool conditions.  Architects say any repairs made to the pool would only be a short term fix.

Harl says he would like to see the architects draw up several plans for new pools, give them a cost, and make it a referendum question on the November ballot.

Some of the aldermen were visibly unhappy with Harl’s plans, but Alderman Ron Wren asked that they vote next Wednesday to rescind votes to open the pool and prepare it for opening.

Even if they don’t, Harl could still veto the votes.  It would take a two-thirds vote by the council to override his veto.

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