Fayette Pool Meeting 7.2

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s park board won’t accept any excuses such as “I never knew about it.” They’re making sure the word gets out about a special meeting July 9 to discuss the community pool.

Fliers will be posted in downtown businesses this week, said park director Scott Wager. On Monday, volunteers will go door-to-door to distribute fact sheets about the pool and the meeting. The meeting will start at the pool at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, then move to the shelter house for a discussion.

The park board wants community members to have a clear understanding of  why the pool is closed this summer and they want the public’s opinions on the future of the facility.

Neither the park board nor the village government has sufficient funding to cover the cost of repairs. Options, Wagner said, include going for a levy specifically for the pool, seeking help from the townships and asking for donations from businesses, foundations, etc. One other option is to close the pool due to a lack of funds.

Wagner will present estimates for needed repairs and Trent Lavinder will speak about previous maintenance work when he was employed by the village.

“We want to let people decide,” Wagner said. “If they don’t show up, we’ll know they don’t care.”

BLUES—Planning continues for a blues festival scheduled Aug. 16. The event will serve as a fund raiser for the park board.

Three bands will play 90-minute sessions, with 15-minute intermission in between each. The festival is scheduled from 4 to 11 p.m., with music from 5 to 10 p.m.

Guests will be charged $5 each and children under 12 will be admitted free. The event will take place inside the village running track.

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