Watertown City Council Will Likely Vote On Pool ProjectPosted: Updated:
Watertown City Council will likely vote to spend almost $2.5 million to renovate and reopen the Thompson Park pool. plus, the two new council members will be brought fully into the fold in the dispute with the fire department.
"I think a lot of people are excited now because the splash pad will open up tentatively, May 31, and if we have the pool reopened, have the work done and have that opened, it certainly will go hand in hand," said Lisa Ruggiero, Watertown City Council member.
At the meeting, the four city council members are likely to vote in favor of renovating the pool.
City Manager Sharon Addison says she believes it's "premature" to take that action, but she recognizes that reopening the pool has long been a priority for several council members.
"I believe that management has been on the wrong side of this issue. The taxpayers want that pool done and it's my job as an elected official to voice that opinion to our city government," said Cody Horbacz, council member.
In an oddity for a city council meeting, the first order of business is to go behind closed doors for an executive session. Those typically come at the end of a meeting.
In town for that is Terry O'Neill, the city's lawyer in the ongoing legal battles with the fire department.
O'Neill will be there to fill in the two new council members on the behind the scenes details of that dispute.
That meeting is coming up at 7 p.m. Tuesday. We'll be there and have continuing coverage on 7 News at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.