Eminence, KY to fill in pool people tried to save - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Eminence, KY to fill in pool people tried to save

Residents who fought for months to try to save the only pool in their community have lost their battle.  The city of Eminence, Kentucky's has decided to fill in the pool with dirt.

Manda Gingrich helped lead the effort to save an old swimming pool in Eminence built in the 50's.  With petitions and raising $27,000, she and other residents were hoping to get the dilapidated pool fixed and re-opened.

But now dump trucks are filling in the pool.  The Eminence City Council voted five to one on Wednesday night to spend about $5,000 of city money.

Mayor Jim Pettit says he supports the decision, saying in tough economic times this town of about 2,000 can't afford a pool.  He says the pool would have probably cost $341,000, plus  electrical work, lines underground, and a pool house.

Gingrich says the city, with the help of resident donations, could've afforded the pool for a much lower cost.  But now the city is trying to figure out what the land could be used for.

A skate park is one option.  The mayor also says he'd like to see a path where people could walk, and something for teenagers to do.

But for now, dreams for a new pool are over.  And the city says it has returned the donations to people who want them back.

Local school children raised $617, and that money will be returned to them to buy school supplies.

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