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EM May Hire Pool Consultant

 the East Moline Municipal Swim Pool
City of East Moline
the East Moline Municipal Swim Pool

East Moline may hire a consultant to study its municipal pool. Next week, the city council will consider spending 6,200 dollars to make sure the 43 year old pool can stay open for the foreseeable future.

Aquatic Manager Mike Firth says his goal is to come up with a five to ten year budget plan.

"Being able to tell, if these things fail or when they fail, this is how we plan to replace them with this equipment. And that way it's not a 'our pants are on fire, we need to figure this out to get the pool running again,' but instead have things kind of planned out for each piece of equipment that's down there."

The city owns the pool at United Township High School, and shares it with the school.

Firth says the consultant will evaluate all the equipment, plus consider how health codes and industry standards for water treatment have changed since it first opened in 1978.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.