Craig pool committee takes plunge, to ask voters in 2019 to support special recreation district
CRAIG — A group of citizens working to build a new pool for Craig has decided to take the plunge into politics as it plans to ask voters in 2019 to support a recreation district which, if successful, would see construction of a recreation center to include an indoor pool.
“It has to be a public taxing entity to work,” said Charlie Carroll, president of the Build a Pool for Craig Committee, which has been renamed the Northwest Colorado Recreation Foundation.
To ask voters to create a special recreation district, the foundation must develop specific plans and financial models to show construction and operating costs, and determine the amount of public funding it will need to bring in.
“We have to include all of Moffat County for a mill levy to work and keep it affordable — under $200 per year — for families,” Carroll said.
The latest effort to build a recreation center featuring an indoor pool was sparked in February, when the Moffat County School District decided it would close and fill the pool at the high school following years of maintenance woes.
After months of community meetings, the group investigated other options, such as inviting YMCA to build in Craig, however, that option was ruled out after learning YMCA would require substantial upfront financial commitments from the community, in addition to ongoing support thereafter.
The citizen-organized group has already gathered more than $28,000 in pledges to support the effort.
Foundation members continue to seek pledges of support from the community and will be at the Moffat County Fair during the weekend and at WalMart Saturday, Aug. 18. They have also retained the services of an accountant and lawyer to assist as they file for 501c3 nonprofit status.
The groups has also elected a board of representatives, who include the following.
• Charlie Carroll, president and social media/web
• Marvel Simineo, vice-president
• Jennifer Stegner, secretary and head of youth committee
• Kandee Dilldine, treasurer
Elise Sullivan, fundraising
• Amanda Tomlinson and Melany Neton, board members
In a separate effort, some members of the group are working to find a temporary solution — space for a temporary, above-ground pool — to be used for elementary school lessons, seniors, and competitive swimmers, once the city pool is closed for the season.
Northwest Colorado Recreation Foundation will hold a public meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Craig.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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