The City Commission, short two members, agreed that East Frankfort Park Pool should become a community facility of some sort once it’s filled.
But the Commission reached no decision at Monday’s work session and postponed discussion on how to fill the area for a meeting when the entire board could be present.
The pool has been closed for more than four years, and in March a representative from Chenault & Hoge said the city could be liable if someone was injured on the unused property.
The commission has three options – leave it, fill it with dirt and large chunks of concrete or use a grade of concrete that would allow for development over the surface later.
The commissioners agreed filling the pool is a reasonable option; however, how to use the space in the future is the next question.
Contractors could jack hammer the bed of the pool into gravel-sized pieces that would create a safe and up-to-standard base for the foundation of a structure, said Public Works Director Jeff Hackbart.
Commissioner Katie Hedden said it would be a great place to build a community facility, and Commissioner Sellus Wilder was curious to know the fiscal impact between the two options – using construction-grade filler or not.
“But I do think it’s always wise to plan for the longterm,” Wilder said. “If we fill it with large chunks of concrete then we are basically giving up on the space.”
The commission agreed to discuss the issue again when the full board is present. Commissioner Michael Turner and Mayor Gippy Graham were absent.
Also during the session, the Commission:
nDiscussed adding sidewalks to Silverlake subdivision.
nAgreed to look at a city ordinance that bans the storage and placement of inside furniture outdoors.
nAnnounced it will meet with Fiscal Court in a joint session July 16 to hear a report from the storm water feasibility consultant. The meeting will be 12:30 p.m. at Paul Sawyier Public Library.