Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 16, 2012

Pool project gets tourism lift

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — No life vest needed here as the planning for a future outdoor swimming facility in Pauls Valley has received a much more secure anchor when it comes to money.

The project appears to have taken a major step forward as four members of the Pauls Valley City Council voted Monday night to commit a total of $100,000 in tourism related funds to the construction of the outdoor aquatic center.

Combining the action with a previous $3.2 million loan by the city of PV and private funds already raised it appears the project’s timetable won’t be impacted as the next phase of construction is expected to begin soon.

During the special meeting it was Councilman Hal Blevins who first made a motion to reject the idea of approving the tourism funds for the pool project.

A second for the motion never came as instead Jocelyn Rushing moved to accept the measure. Rushing’s motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Billy Riddle and approved by a 4-1 vote as Blevins voted no.

Editor's note: The rest of the story will be posted in Thursday's edition of the Democrat.