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Letter: Park districts’ view on swimming pools

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of articles and editorials about DeKalb and Sycamore park districts’ efforts to deal with their aging pools.

In an editorial April 19, the Daily Chronicle endorsed the DeKalb Park District’s efforts to move forward with, and not delay the work on its 40-year-old pool, and then in another on May 31 talked about the two districts doing something “bigger, better and hopefully cheaper than what they might build individually.”

All of us want what is best for our communities at the most reasonable cost possible. Both DeKalb and Sycamore park districts are supportive of cooperative efforts whenever and wherever they are in the best interest of our citizens. Cooperative efforts can be both challenging and rewarding. On its editorial page, the Chronicle has pointed out some of the issues that would need to be addressed for any such joint pool effort to get off the ground and be successful.

On a couple of occasions in the past Sycamore and DeKalb park districts have spoken conceptually about a joint pool, as Sycamore’s pool is now in its 31st summer and DeKalb’s pool is over 40 years old. Both park districts are dealing with increased maintenance costs for our pool facilities. At some point in the future it will no longer be economically feasible to continue repairing what we have. Based on these real issues, DeKalb and Sycamore park districts are once again considering the idea of a joint pool project.

Toward that end, we have agreed to hold meetings in teh near future to discuss this possibility. Before any final decision can be reached, many issues will need to be discussed and resolved. At this point in time it would be disingenuous for any of us to say what the outcome of theses discussions will or will not be. What we can say with sincerity is that the DeKalb and Sycamore park districts are willing to talk about this issue and reach a decision that is in the best interest of our communities.

Phil Young

President, DeKalb Park District Board of Commissioners

Ted Strack

President, Sycamore Park District Board of Commissioners

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