Mayor’s Message: working on temporary and longterm solutions for the pool

Mayor’s Message for the March 2018 Town Topics newsletter

I love springtime in the Pacific Northwest. Our parks and yards feel fresh and ready for something new. (To be honest, it helps that I don’t suffer any allergies…)

The city feels that way, too. Our new city manager and new City Council have been busy setting work plans and priorities. At the top of the list is the important work of ensuring that the 1960s-era Roy H. Murphy Community Center and pool are restored and updated in a way that keeps them viable for years to come.

In recent weeks, we hired contractors to assess and repair cracks in the main water pipe that serves the pool. It’s a short-term fix that should enable us to keep the pool operating for another season or two while we work on long-term plans for the facility.

Regarding those long-term plans, I have good news to share.

First, the city hired ARC Architects to develop schematic designs. This firm specializes in recreation and community centers, and we are excited about utilizing their expertise. We also will appoint a citizen steering committee to help guide the project through 2019. If you are interested in serving on that committee, contact City Manager Scott Pingel. And if you feel you don’t have the time to offer to that committee, that’s OK. We will use a variety of means to keep you updated — including this newsletter — and seek your feedback.

There’s more good news — the Washington Legislature awarded Fircrest a $750,000 grant to help our small city rebuild the community pool. We have a lot of work to do with ARC and the community to develop the pool’s design, but this grant will help alleviate some of the cost. We are grateful to the legislators who serve the 28th District — Sen. Steve O’Ban and Reps. Christine Kilduff and Dick Muri — for sponsoring our grant application and working to make sure it was included in the state’s construction budget.

I look forward to sharing more updates throughout the year. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

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