A public forum was held Wednesday night at Mitchell City Hall regarding a proposed indoor pool. The location of the pool was a main discussion point at the meeting. Dakota Wesleyan University is offering the city a lease for $1 annually for 100 years to build the pool next to where a new wellness center will be built. However, several council members said residents have expressed concerns about that location and would like the pool built elsewhere. Several people spoke in favor of the proposed DWU location last night.
The pool will cost about six million dollars to build. The Mitchell Aquatic Club has said it will raise one million dollars. Another possible funding source would be a business improvement district, or BID. It would raise a current $1-per-night tax on an occupied room to $2-per-night.
The city council at its last meeting created a project fund for the pool and appropriated 25,000 dollars for the pool’s design. A second vote on that ordinance will be held at next week’s city council meeting.