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Marble Hill residents want to keep pool from closing

But people there say they need their pool. And they've formed a committee to save it. But people there say they need their pool. And they've formed a committee to save it.
MARBLE HILL, MO (KFVS) -

People in Marble Hill, Missouri want to know what happened to money for the city pool, and if there's anything they can do to keep it from closing in just ten days.

The money donated years ago eventually ran out because the pool doesn't bring in close to enough funds yearly to cover its cost.

But people there say they need their pool. And they've formed a committee to save it.

Some love spending time at the pool for recreation and others say it's great for rehabilitation.

But these swimmers say they were devastated to learn the pool would close in just over a week.

The city says they just can't afford to keep it open. That news that didn't make sense to many people in town who thought plenty of money had been donated years ago by Larma Wisely.

Mayor Michael Sowers explains the $300,000 donated was never meant to last forever.

"In the past, because I wasn't part of the administration, there's been a lot of miscommunication about funds," said Mayor Sowers. "I believe the state had been involved, researched and found it was done accordingly. We are doing everything we can to make sure Mrs. Wisely's fund was run according to set up."

Sowers and Assistant City Administrator Tammy Whitney say it costs about $30,000 to run the pool yearly, and it doesn't bring in even a third of that cost. 

The mayor says they would love to see a corporation or private donor will step up with the money.

Meanwhile, people in town formed a committee to look for a solution.

Mayor Sowers says years before he took office he believes a state agency investigated where the pool money was going and found everything in order.

He says they need someone with a good long term business plan to keep it going, and step forward with funding.

The bottom line for Marble Hill is that they want to find a way to keep the pool open.

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