A Look At Both Sides For New Aquatic Center In Yankton


THOUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS ARE LONG GONE, THE FUTURE OF A NEW AQUATIC CENTER IS ON MANY PEOPLE’S MINDS IN YANKTON. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE YANKTON CITY COMMISSION VOTED TO APPROVE A NEARLY 15- MILLION DOLLAR AQUATIC CENTER TO REPLACE THE AGING POOL AT MEMORIAL PARK. NOW SOME PEOPLE IN TOWN WANT TO MOVE THE DECISION TO A VOTE. KELOLAND’S SARAH MCDONALD SHOWS YOU BOTH SIDES. THE POOL AT MEMORIAL PARK IN YANKTON IS 71 YEARS OLD. BUILT IN 19-47, MEMBERS OF DIVE IN YANKTON ARE TRYING TO REPLACE THE AGING FACILITY. “IT’S HAD ITS CHALLENGES, THERE’S A LOT GOING WRONG WITH IT, WE KNOW THAT, BUT WE’VE BEEN AT THIS FOR TWO YEARS AND OUR GOAL IS TO DELIVER A NEW AQUATIC CENTER FOR OUR COMMUNITY,” CHAIR OF DIVE IN YANKTON, JOSH SVATOS SAID. SVATOS SAYS THE GOAL IS TO BREAK GROUND IN 20-19. “WE’VE BEEN OUT WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WE’VE RAISED ABOUT $900,000 WITH THE DIVE IN YANKTON FUNDRAISING TEAM, WE’RE GOING TO GET TO $1 MILLION,” SVATOS SAID. HOWEVER, SOME PEOPLE STILL HAVE A FEW CONCERNS. HEATHER FILLAUS IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE COLLECTING SIGNATURES FOR A PETITION TO BRING THE AQUATIC CENTER TO A VOTE. “THEY KNOW WE NEED A POOL AND THEY THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE AN AQUATIC CENTER, BUT THEY’RE NOT PREPARED TO SPEND $15 MILLION,” CIRCULATING PETITION, HEATHER FILLAUS SAID. SHE WANTS TO COLLECT AT LEAST 500 SIGNATURES BY OCTOBER 30TH, WHEN THE PETITION WILL BE HANDED INTO CITY HALL. “OUR HOPE AS CIRCULATORS OF THIS PETITION IS TO JUST TO GET IT TO COME TO A VOTE SO THAT EVERYBODY’S VOICE CAN BE HEARD,” FILLAUS SAID. “AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE’RE JUST TRYING TO DO BEST FOR YANKTON, WE WANT TO GROW YANKTON AND MAKE YANKTON A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE,” SVATOS SAID. “IF WE’RE GOING TO SPEND $15 MILLION LET’S LET EVERYBODY HAVE A VOTE,” FILLAUS SAID. IN YANKTON, SARAH MCDONALD, KELOLAND NEWS. THE CITY ATTORNEY SAYS LAST WEEK, A CITY STAFF MEMBER GAVE A BLANK COURTESY COPY OF A MUNICIPAL REFERENDUM PETITION FORM TO A CITIZEN WANTING TO START COLLECTING SIGNATURES. TWO COMPLETED PETITIONS WERE FILED WITH THE CITY USING THAT FORM. ON MONDAY, STAFF IN THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE SAID THEY WERE ON THE WRONG FORM. THE PETITION CIRCULATORS WERE NOTIFIED AND GIVEN THE PROPER FORM. THE CITY TELLS KELOLAND NEWS IT WILL ACCEPT THE PREVIOUSLY FILED PETITIONS, BUT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY MORE ON THE INCORRECT FORM. CIRCULATORS SAY THAT MEANS HUNDREDS OF SIGNATURES MAY NOT BE COUNTED. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN SIGNING THE PETITION OR WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AQUATIC CENTER PROJECT, WE’VE PROVIDED LINKS UNDER THIS STORY AT KELOLAND DOT COM.

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