October 31, 2013

Carroll City Council members have voted to move forward with planning - and a possible citizen vote - on $1.355 million in improvements at the Carroll Family Aquatic Center, a project highlighted by the addition of a lazy river with a cost estimate of $1.1 million.

The rest of the pool project would include a bathhouse addition ($210,000) and a heater for the lazy river ($45,000).

Opened in 2009, the aquatic center features a single-depth entry pool basin, slides, small play feature, six-lane short-course lap area, diving area and water slide pool plunge.

An original proposal included a lazy river, but that was stripped to make the referendum more palatable to voters.

Voters in August 2006 approved a referendum for $2.96 million in city funding for the pool - which cost an estimated $4.127 million at the time it opened.

In a 2011 meeting, the council dropped the lazy river from the budget for the just-passed fiscal year.

The motion this week moves the lazy river into the capital-improvement-planning stage. Council members are meeting Nov. 9 to consider long-range goals - and the priority of a lazy river.

Additionally, the council is expecting a report in early 2014 on the potential for a new or improved Carroll Public Library.

A vote to issue general-obligation bonds to finance the lazy river and pool improvements would take a 60 percent - or super-majority - for passage. The timing of such a vote will depend on when the council elects to slate the project for development.

The 400-foot lazy river would wind around the main pool, allowing patrons to travel on flotation devices.