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City Council Minutes 9/08/2008
Date:  September 3, 2008

TO:     WJBD Radio
Salem Times Commoner
        Centralia Sentinel

Cc:     Mayor and City Council
               City Manager
        Administrative Staff

PURSUANT TO THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT, notice is hereby given that the Salem City Council will meet at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, September 8, 2008, in the Council Chambers of Salem City Hall, 101 South Broadway, Salem, Illinois, for the following purpose:
        Work Session Subject: To discuss Fundraising for the Proposed Swimming Pool

Jane Marshall
City Clerk

Dated this 3rd day of September, 2008.        
Regarding Proposed Swimming Pool Funding

The Salem City Council met on Monday, September 8, 2008 at the hour of 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Salem City Hall, 101 S. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881 for the purpose of conducting a workshop to discuss fundraising for the proposed new swimming pool.     

Council Members present:
        Councilman Tom Carr
        Councilman Joe Hotze
        Councilman Harold Blank
        Mayor Leonard E. Ferguson  
        Councilman David Black
Others present:
        City Manager Thomas F. Christie
        Finance Director Marilyn Shook
        City Clerk Jane Marshall
Recreation Director Sherry Daniels
        Assistant City Manager Bev West
Chief of Police Ron Campo
Also present: The media - WJBD Radio and Salem Times Commoner
Art Carnaham Executive Director Chamber of Commerce  
C. W. Stewart Director of Instruction Advancement from Kaskaskia College
Members of the Public
Members of the Swimming Pool Committee
Representatives from the Swim Team

The Meeting was called to order by Mayor Leonard E. Ferguson, who thanked everyone for coming.  He commented that it has been six months since the sales tax referendum passed.   

Items for discussion were Cost of Project and Fundraising

1.      Cost of Project
Mayor Ferguson indicated that the monies that will be freed up from the ½ % Sales Tax Referenda will not be enough to cover the costs for the swimming pool complex, therapy pool and all the amenities as designed and the costs for materials and changes in the design have already increased.  
Discussion regarding:
·       City Council’s designated uses for the additional one-half cent sales tax revenue
·       Amenities included in the $4.3 million pool design
·       Review the history of the plans for replacement of the 80 year old pool along with the addition of a therapy pool
·       Funding for therapy pool and additional amenities
·       Increasing project and construction costs
·       Public dissatisfaction that Council did not allow for more funds to be used for the new pool complex
·       Receiving the OSLAD Grant
Fund Raising
·       Mayor Ferguson suggested some fund raising ideas for consideration:  
1.      Naming Opportunities – Donations for Therapy Center, Swimming Pool, Bath House, Locker & Shower Rooms, Concession Area, Major Amenities
2.      Wall of Support – Donations  – Bronze, Silver, and  Gold
·       Could shared parking lots be funded from other funds than the pool fund
·       Bidding items separately
·       Therapy pool could come later
·       Mayor Ferguson commented the therapy pool should be built at the same time as the outdoor pool because it may not happen later
·       City Manager Christie commented that the one-half cent sales tax can only be used for infrastructure.  It will free up monies that can then be redirected to the pool project and it will not be enough to cover the costs of the complete pool complex as designed.   
·       Mayor Ferguson solicited for volunteers to form a fund raising committee – no volunteers were recognized at the end of the meeting.  

Meeting closed at 7:00 p.m.

Jane Marshall, CMC
City Clerk