City lawmakers are frustrated at the projected replacement cost of the Thompson Park Pool. It's a feeling lawmakers often have.
The cost of construction...the laws that make public projects more expensive....and the cat and mouse games when staff doesn't want to do something and makes it less attractive or at least shows a lack of enthusiasm for making it work.
For some time that happened with Western Boulevard and Palmer Street. I learned some things from dealing with those situations and I am sure my successor did as well.
However, whatever the number, things to an extent cost what they cost and hoping it will cost less won't likely make it cost less.
If something is to happen by next year, a decision is needed and the environment will not be good for that. We already see blowback in social media and talk radio and it will get more and more difficult to publicly vote for a third pool, regardless of its merits.
That's why there was the alternative a couple, three years back of a rest room/bathhouse with a lower cost and unstaffed splash park.