Kids can put pool days back on their summer bucket lists. The Lubbock City Council voted unanimously Thursday morning to keep the public pools open for the season. The fate of the pools was in question because of new stage two water restrictions.
Citizens signed up to make their voices heard and the stage was set for a heated debate. However, it never got to that level. Before the citizens comments portion of the meeting, the council voted on the issue.
Maggie Trejo is a life-long Lubbock resident and she was ready to come out with guns blazing at the meeting. She hoped that elected officials would have an open heart and look at what's best for the community.
"I feel for all the children that will be missing out on something to do," Trejo said.
Trejo and the four other concerned citizens were thrilled at the decision. Jason Hodges spoke and thanked the council for the decision.
"I realize you already voted. I appreciate it and commend you for nipping it in the bud," he said.
So the water will rise before April 1st. Mayor Tom Martin said the city has set aside money from the general fund to maintain the pools before they open May 29th.
Martin said, "We approved Mr. Klein's motion to supplement the budget by $9,000 dollars from our fund balance to put to the chemicals and the cleaning and so forth of Mae Simmons and Clapp pools."
Councilman Todd Klein said it's coming from the city's rainy day fund. He believed this issue hit home with citizens and that everyone involved was satisfied with the outcome.
"If we can put a man on the moon, we can make sure those pools are open this summer," Klein said.
The council briefly discussed the possibility of entering stage three restrictions with regards to the pools, meaning the pools would need to be filled by April 1st. The water resources board is meeting next week to make the decision. Either way, pools will be opened for a summer splash from May 29th through August 19th.
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