Time and being heavily used are catching up with the Toledo Pool. During a recent discussion among Toledo City Councilors as revealed in city council minutes, it was observed that the pool is a very valuable and popular asset to the town and that the city must find a way to find the money to keep it properly functioning in terms of accessibility, mechanical standards, safety designs and useful features.
Pool Manager Joe Andrews told the council that minor diversions from the pool’s maintenance fund have addressed minor facility and equipment needs, but that a long-term plan is needed to keep the pool attractive and functional. But he also acknowledged that there are other city facilities that are just as much in need of upgrading.
City Councilor Jack Dunaway observed that the Toledo Pool may be approaching it’s useful lifespan and that major expenditures are on the horizon if the town is to keep its swim center. City Manager Michelle Amberg said one way to ascertain public support for such a major spending plan would be to propose a property tax override or create a special taxing district, a district that would extend beyond the town’s city limits since many who use the pool are not necessarily just Toledo residents. Mayor Grutzmacher and Councilor Davis expressed interest in exploring the feasibility of establishing a local pool/recreation district with wide enough reach to reduce the financial burden per household. Councilor Dunaway said he’d like to see those discussions take place as they relate to the city council’s annual goal setting session. Amberg suggested contacting the Port of Toledo to ascertain their thoughts on the pool as an economic development factor in the town’s future.