Indoor pool, sports complex the talk of the town

Calyn Dunklau, Staff Writer

Despite frigid air, a full Wayne City Council met last night to discuss matters of sunnier weather.

Alex Koch, Recreational Services Director, came back to the Council with operating costs for an indoor pool.

Council members had asked for these numbers when presented with several options for a new city pool.

Koch paired with JEO Consulting Group to come up with the operating costs. They based their numbers off of existing indoor pools in Iowa.

Another topic brought before the Council by Koch was that of the sports complex on the east of town next to the House of Pain rugby fields.

Koch presented the master plan for rebuilding the complex due to its partial destruction in Oct. 4’s tornado.

The proposal suggests the two northern fields be moved further north to allow for a sidewalk to be poured in between the two northern fields and two southern fields.

The proposed move of the fields and added sidewalk would allow spectators to also view a game from the baseline, when they could not previously do so.

A 40-foot-by -20 foot building is also proposed. This would house storage for softball and soccer equipment. The city also plans to let the WSC rugby teams use the building for storage.

The remainder of the space in that building will be used for an indoor batting area.

In other discussion, the city’s audit was reviewed along with an overview of LB40 fund dispersals from the last six months. More annexing was brought up and tabled until after the Council’s retreat.