Mayor Mike Huether isn't wasting any time pursuing his dream of an indoor aquatics center following Sioux Falls' April 8 election.
Huether tells me that his advisory team suggested he wait 3-4 weeks after the election to submit a proposal to the city council for an indoor pool at Spellerberg. They thought it best to let the matter settle before floating a proposal.
The mayor says his response was, "Oh really? Well, in that case, let's do it Tuesday."
Huether told his team that he didn't want to wait thirty days to capture the opportunity following the Spellerberg vote.
"I'm going to go just the opposite. We've got great momentum, the people have spoken, we've been talking about this thing since 1951, let's bring it up to the council on Tuesday. And that's what we did."
Under the proposal, the aquatics center would be completed by the end of 2016. The mayor has suggested using cash to pay for the facility.
"I'm not messing around," Huether says. "There are so many things that we want to accomplish for this town and the indoor aquatics facility is just one of them."
The mayor says the city will also pursue naming rights and sponsorship opportunities with a new indoor aquatics center, just as it's done with the Sanford Premier Center. Any private dollars would help subsidize the annual operating costs of the pool.
"I think its the new way of running government. If you want to tackle these quality of life investments, you stand a better chance of being successful if you do these public/private partnerships," Huether says.
"I think the events center proved that and we want to prove the same thing with an indoor aquatics center."
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