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Jefferson County voters to decide on construction of swimming pool

November 30, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? Should a $3.9 million swimming pool be built for Jefferson County residents?

That will be a question for voters to decide.

By a 3-2 vote, the Jefferson County Commissioners on Thursday decided to put the question on the ballot for the November 2008 general election.

The commissioners have been talking about building an indoor swimming pool at Sam Michaels Park north of Charles Town, and Commissioner Rusty Morgan made the suggestion Thursday that the issue should be decided by voters.

Letting voters decide such issues is becoming more commonplace in the country, Morgan said.

"It's the all-American way," Morgan said.

Commission President Frances Morgan, who voted no with Commissioner Jim Surkamp, said she first wanted to see a projection of costs of operating the pool.

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Surkamp said he also wanted more information about the project.

Rusty Morgan said he believes that information will be forthcoming soon so it can be part of the community debate.

The pool is among a list of projects the commission is considering, including a new judicial center that will cost about $14 million and a parking garage that will cost about $3 million.

Rusty Morgan asked his colleagues Thursday whether the pool should remain on the list or whether it should be turned over to voters to let them decide.

There is a lack of swimming facilities in the county, and county residents who responded to a survey about parks and recreation facilities in Jefferson County said another swimming pool was a priority for them, county officials have said.

How they voted

The Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 to place on the November 2008 ballot the question of whether the county should build a community pool at Sam Michaels Park.

For: Rusty Morgan, Greg Corliss and Dale Manuel

Against: Frances Morgan, Jim Surkamp

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