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Commissioners and County Council meet in joint session

Mar. 12—GREENSBURG — The Decatur County Commissioners and the Decatur County Council met Thursday in an hour long joint session to discuss the possibility of implementing a 1% food and beverage tax and future plans for the city pool.

Such a tax would be added to the purchase price of ready-to-eat food and drinks such as those available from restaurants in the county, for example.

Allen Memorial Pool, Decatur County's public pool, was closed in early 2022 when it was learned that the foundation of the 64-year-old facility was disintegrating.

The County Council, the Decatur County Commissioners, Decatur County Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Kovacich and various local private citizens all contributed to Thursday's discussion, further examining various methods of possibly paying for a new community aquatics center.

Local developer Jeff Whittaker shared his thoughts by suggesting the project be handled by individual contractors instead of using R.L. Turner.

Councilor Deanna Burkart and Kovacich championed the original alternate pool designs, leading the conversation at times.

Ways to pay off the new highway department building and how to fund the restoration of the aging former Washington School all made their way into the conversation as well.

Various members of the audience added their opinions by sharing assorted thoughts on the best potential course of action.

It was eventually decided that a committee will be formed to draft a priority list of county needs and then deal with them in that order.

The Daily News will continue to cover the issues as new information becomes available.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com