Wapello, Iowa, residents may be asked this spring to vote on a proposed bond issue.
City officials are reviewing three projects — a planned trail development along the Iowa River, which would be funded by a $67,500 Resource Enhancement and Protection, or REAP, grant; a new fire station; and a new swimming pool.
The proposed construction of a new fire station would likely mean a $2 million bond sale, while the cost for a proposed swimming pool would be about $750,000, which also would need to be funded through a bond sale.
Residents were asked to provide comments on all the projects at a public forum held Wednesday night.
In a survey that 68 of the
72 residents who attended the forum completed, 44 favored building a swimming pool before building a fire station.
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Mayor Ron Durbin said those comments would be important in deciding which project moves forward for a vote, possibly this spring. He said the city does not have enough bonding capacity to do both a fire station and a swimming pool.
The nearest date an election could be held is May 7.