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More disagreement over indoor pool

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Earlier this spring, voters defeated a ballot measure to fund a new outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park, opening the door for a new indoor pool.

But, not every indoor pool supporter thinks Spellerberg - located just east of the VA - is the right location.

The Sioux Falls City Council has taken up the issue once again.

Tonight was just the first reading.

Meaning next week they will get into the details of the indoor pool.

But, just last night a petition was introduced against the pool being at Spellerberg Park.

Public Pool Partners wants an indoor pool, but doesn't want it at Spellerberg park.

Spokesperson, John Matthius said their petition is an effort to let the voters guide the City Council about where it should go and how to finance the pool.

"We've heard from a lot of local voters, who did not intend for their April 8th vote to mean that an indoor aquatic center would automatically be built at Spellerberg Park," Matthius said.

He said he questions if Spellerberg is the right place because of traffic and parking in the area.

"There's a lot of different locations in Sioux Falls that might fit the need for centrally located, available to all, affordable to the tax payers," Matthius added.

But co-chair of Community Swim 365 Margaret Sumption said she's disappointed in the petition.

"I believe that this petition attempt is a blatant attempt a transparent attempt to stop the city from doing what it had planfully done," explained Sumption.

She said Spellerberg is a great place for a new indoor pool.

"It is the central location for the city of Sioux Falls. It maximizes the accessibility for all of the citizens in the community," Sumption added.

Sumption said by bringing forth this petition, the will of the people is not being honored.

"The voters have spoken. Loud and clear. It's time to build an indoor pool. It's time to build it at Spellerberg Park," said Sumption.

Tuesday's City Council meeting about an indoor pool at Spellerberg Park was just a first reading.

Next Tuesday they will begin discussing the details.

So, if you want to join the discussion, it will be at 7 PM at Carnegie Town Hall.

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