Mindy Wheelwright presented a well-researched plan to the School Board on Tuesday night. The plan would bring a potential swimming pool to Morgan County. The 7 acres east of Morgan Elementary school is the ideal plot of land where Wheelwright and others working toward adding a pool would like to see construction. Wheelwright said, “Many people in the community have said, yes we want this. Yes, we want this to happen. We’ve looked in Mountain Green, and other places, but those plots would mean close to another million dollars. We believe it will bring in enough programs, and more physical therapy to the community.”
Wheelwright informed the board they have an architect on board for the development, and no construction would commence until 6 million dollars was in the bank. The hope would be 2 million would come from grants, sponsorships, and public donations since it would operate as a non-profit. If within 5 years the 6 million could not be funded the 7 acres would revert back to the school district.
Wheelwright, and others have researched numerous, smaller community pools such as Filmore, Delta, Roosevelt, and Emery to see how they run and how they stay funded. Though there is no guarantee Morgan County would operate the same, these smaller communities have kept swimming pools running. The hope would be to use myrtha technology which is the same structure used to build Olympic pools, not a cement pool which doesn’t have as much longevity. Myrtha is the latest technology, made from a steel structure and can be taken down and put back up somewhere else if needed. Wheelwright said they are simply waiting to know if they have land before moving forward. The paperwork is ready.
Board Vice President, Gaylene Adams said, “I think the community in a lot of ways would appreciate a facility like this. The big question is can it support itself financially and maintain it. That’s the biggest factor.”
Since the desired property is school land the pool would be used for school activities and students, which would incur the cost of lifeguards. Wheelwright said, “Many of us working toward the pool are lifeguard certified and would volunteer our time.”
But the biggest concern is the use of the land for growth of the district in later years. Since the building of Mountain Green Middle School, the 7 acres is the final piece of land owned by the school district.
Board President, Ronald Blunk said, “The other issue is the 7 acres is the last 7 acres the school owns. From our perspective it’s something we aren’t funded for, that’s the biggest concern for us.”
The spot has the water and sewer system already there. Other pieces of land considered throughout the county don’t have septic systems in place. Wheelwright finished by saying, “We don’t want to have something hazardous to the school district, we want something that will benefit the community, the kids, the students.”
The final piece of discussion gave the board the opportunity to frankly express concern in parting with the piece of land, and discussed now was not the right time to part with the property. Though the board was hesitant to lend the land, each member encouraged Wheelwright to continue seeking out options for land with an understanding a swimming pool is something many in the community value, as well as being a valuable asset to the Morgan High School swim team.