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Byron pool closed indefinitely, future uncertain


BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's going to be a tough summer for those looking to escape the heat in Byron as the city is officially without a pool for the rest of the year.

Officials made the decision to indefinitely close the pool at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

It would cost about $53,000 and take at least a month to get the Byron pool up and running again, and for city officials, those numbers just didn't add up.

"To spend the money right now for three weeks on a quick snap judgement just doesn't make sense," said Byron City Council member Bret Baumbach.

The future of the Byron pool is still uncertain, but one thing is for sure -- the swimming season there is done for the year.

"I do believe as a minimum we've been having 200 kids down there a day, and that's a lot of kids down there trying to have a good time, and it's a shame that we have to close it," said Byron Mayor Ann Diercks. "It was a tough decision."

The pool is closed indefinitely until the City Council decides how to proceed. A pool committee has been looking at building a new pool since the winter but is not ready to make a recommendation. So the water will be drained, the pool will be cleaned and the issue will wait.

"I think we have heard from the people that they do want a pool, so I think the smart thing to do would be to look at it this winter, understand what needs to be done and possibly go up for a referendum if we decide to build a new pool," Baumbach said.

If the city decides not to move forward with a new pool, the council could vote to make the repairs on the current one early next spring. That would open it up for next year and allow the city to fix any other issues.

"There's a couple other state mandated issues for the drains that we have to have done," Baumbach said.

Despite the uncertainty about when a pool will be open and what it will look like, city officials say they're clear that the people of Byron want a refreshing, open and functioning pool to enjoy the summer months.

So far this year the city made about $26,000 in season passes and swimming lessons, but they will be refunding about $20,000 of that to people who will not get to use the pool.

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