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Centralia Council to Consider Giving $100,000 for Pool Repair

June 21, 2014

By Dameon Pesanti, The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.

June 21--If Centralia wants to save its outdoor pool, the city needs to put some skin in the game, according to the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

The city asked the group heading up the restoration efforts, Save The Outdoor Pool (S.T.O.P.), to finance the $1.53 million project via a combination of public grants, fundraisers, earmarks and private donations.

The city committed no funding.

However, in light of the Recreation and Conservation Office comments, S.T.O.P. has requested that the city commit $100,000 to restore the project as a demonstration of commitment.

The city council will consider the request during its meeting Tuesday night.

The Recreation and Conservation Office recently told city staff and S.T.O.P. that the $1.53 million project estimate may be too low and doesn't take into account possible future costs, and that the overall plan lacks a clear vision for the project.

The city and the group jointly applied for two $500,000 grants to cover the majority share of the costs, one with the Recreation and Conservation Office, the other with the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The rest of the funding is expected to come in the form of a $250,000 legislative earmark, $200,000 in community fundraising, $50,000 from a private source, and $30,000 from a solar energy grant.

The city originally approved the application plan on March 25 with the conditions that S.TO.P. do most of the fundraising efforts, gather $480,000 by May 1 and give the city final approval on all improvements.

On June 10, Josh Logan, a representative of S.T.O.P., asked the city council to contribute $100,000.

Logan didn't return calls for comment.

A council agenda report states no budget expenses are anticipated at this time, but would be reflected in the 2015 budget if the grants are awarded to the city after May 2015.


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