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Published April 03, 2013, 09:25 PM

Funds approved for EGF pool project

Finally, after more than a year of discussion, the East Grand Forks city council has approved money for the pool project.

Finally, after more than a year of discussion, the East Grand Forks city council has approved money for the pool project. Last night the council voted to set aside 1.5 million dollars. That leaves the rest of the fundraising efforts up to the Save Our Pool group.

This is something the Save Our Pool Group members have been crossing their fingers for for months. Now the ball is finally rolling for them, but the council and Mayor may have different ideas on just what they want the money to go towards. The idea of an indoor facility has been thrown around a few times. The cost for something along those lines runs much higher than a remodel of the current pool. Since its inception, Save Our Pool group members have specifically honed in on the option of an outdoor facility.

Mark Olstad, East Grand Forks City Councilman: "The majority of people say they want an outdoor pool to bring their families to their kids to, summer time they want to be outside."

But, Councilman Clarence Vetter isn't all on board. He was the lone councilman in opposition last night, mainly because the majority of the 1.5 million dollars would come from the building fund, which he says is already tied up.

Vetter: "We've got some other projects in the next two to three years that have already been identified and I just don't think the fund can afford 1.5 million dollars."

Still, despite the scope of the project -- whether it be indoor or outdoor -- pool supporters say this is the "go ahead" to finally start fundraising. The Save Our Pool group will meet in the next few days to discuss how they'll go about fundraising efforts.

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