Watertown City Council Votes To Renovate PoolPosted: Updated:
City of Watertown officials decided Tuesday night to move forward with renovating the Thompson Park pool.
It was the first city council meeting of 2018 and the first meeting with two new members.
Newcomers Lisa Ruggiero and Ryan Henry-Wilkinson cast their votes along with the other members for a unanimous decision to set aside money in this year's budget for design plans, which include fixing the pool and bathhouse.
"I'm happy that we're finally moving the ball on this issue," Henry-Wilkinson said. "It's important to our constituents."
"I think by giving kids an alternative will keep them off the street and give them something to do during the summer," Ruggiero said. "I think it's a win-win."
There were differing opinions on funding the $2.4 million project.
The vote was four to one to bond the project, with Mayor Joe Butler voting against it.
He says it's too much money to commit to and he wants to find other ways to pay for it besides relying on taxpayers.