In a special session Thursday evening, Council voted to open the Donald M. Smith Memorial Pool.
Council passed an $87,000 budget for the city pool, as well as a salary schedule for pool employees. The opening date is hoped to be in 7 to 9 days.
Nancy Ames reminded everyone about how public donations will help. They have about $19,000 in donations, but would like to have at least $40,000.
She also said to specify what your donation is for, because the $15,000 in the city budget for fireworks needs to be covered too.
Council member Alicia Gray said that this 11th hour...or rather, 12:05 a.m. decision...needs to be avoided by starting to plan for the 2014 season now, not even waiting for this pool season to end.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils