City residents will vote on pool bond Tuesday


Gaylord residents will head to the polls Tuesday to decided whether or not to issue bonds to fund construction of a new swimming pool and related facilities.

Voting will be held at the Sibley East Public School, Main Gym. Residents are asked to enter the west door. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked to fill in the oval next to their choice, yes or no, on whether or not the City be authorized to issue up to $995,000 in general obligation bonds to defray the expense of the acquisition and construction of a municipal swimming pool and related facilities.

The proposed Gaylord Area Aquatic Center is estimated to cost $2.75 million. Initial funding sources for the pool are $1.5 million from the nursing home sale and $300,000 from other City funds. Remaining funds would come from a general obligation bond.

The current swimming pool, which is more than 40 years old, is deteriorating and maintenance costs are continually increasing. It would cost an estimated $1.5 million to bring the pool up to code.

The base project consists of a zero-depth entry pool, a lap pool and a bathhouse complete with locker rooms. There will initially be one slide, two diving boards, and a few other amenities. Other features will be added later if fundraising efforts are successful.