North Vernon city officials continue their work addressing the city’s parks and pool situation. Earlier this year, the city council voted to support a request from the parks board to close the city pool. Officials noted numerous repairs that needed to be made to the pool and surrounding facilities to make it acceptable to open for the summer. Parks officials explained that the options facing the city as it relates to the pool included spending thousands of dollars for temporary repairs that would allow the facility to be open for a single summer, permanently closing the pool or completely redesigning and rebuilding the pool and surrounding area and buildings.
North Vernon is considering issuing bonds to cover the expense of these repairs. The city council approved an ordinance this week that would allow it to pledge funds out of a recently expanded Tax-Increment Financing District to cover the repayment of these bonds. City officials say the move gives them some latitude to cover anticipated expenses.
Work on proposals for the pool are ongoing.