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Published March 26, 2013, 09:56 PM

East Grand Forks pool may yet be revived

East Grand Forks' only pool may have been salvaged this evening after a council member proposed a plan giving the pool more than just a bandage. Council members have been hesitant to choose a pool option after expensive price tags made many questions as to if the city could front the funds.

East Grand Forks' only pool may have been salvaged this evening after a council member proposed a plan giving the pool more than just a bandage.

Council members have been hesitant to choose a pool option after expensive price tags made many questions as to if the city could front the funds. Councilman Mark Olstad gave a proposal including three options, all at different costs but asking the city for a $1.5 million commitment across the board. And it appears as if Councilman Olstad's proposal may have changed some minds.

Olstad: "Finalize plans and bids 2016, construction spring 2016."

It's a proposal with a plan of action.

Chad Grassel, councilman: "It needs to be changed, it needs to be updated, it needs to be fixed."

One the city has lacked when it comes to the pool project.

Olstad: "We can talk and discuss where we can go and get a plan so they can actually go out to other people in the group and ask for donations and ask to donate money to this project."

Fundraisers have been anticipating a decision for months.

Grassel: "They've been sitting here waiting for us to make a decision and we keep throwing around a pool liner and the skimmers."

And now, even those who wanted to just do the bare minimum and bandage the pool with a new liner are on board.

Greg Leigh, Council Vice President: "From a practical standpoint we could do nothing and let it get worse and eventually have to do it but I do like Mark's proposal."

Save Our Pool members haven't been able to actively raise funds because the city has yet to cement a decision -- but if passed, this proposal changes that.

Melody Olstad, Save Our Pool: "Then we have the ability to go out and ask people of these three remaining options what they'd be willing to give to."

Save Our Pool members plan to visit with prospective donors on which option they'd be more willing to donate to and then hone in on one firm option.

Leigh: "It sets kind of a goal and it gives the save our pool group something to work towards and obtain."

Each option requires the Save Our Pool committee to raise more funds, ranging from $300,000 all the way up to somewhere in the ball park range of $2 million.

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