Council decides against ballot advisory question

There was only one item on the agenda at the special meeting for the Red Bud City Council on Aug. 15 – whether or not they should put an advisory question about a splash pad on the ballots this November.

At the council’s regular meeting on Aug. 6, the idea of giving the voters an advisory question about the city getting a splash pad, as well as a question on if they would support a sales tax increase of up to one percent to support the splash pad, was discussed. The board opted to discuss the matter further at this special meeting.

The special meeting started with a public comment, with only Tim Fahey, the Parks and Recreation Committee chairman, speaking.

Fahey noted that the committee and council have been talking about the idea of a splash pad for some time. He was unaware though of the idea of adding a tax to support the project. He felt that was not needed as splash pads require very little maintenance.

He added that the maintenance for it would be very little, especially when taking into consideration that all of the city’s departments have maintenance costs and they have the money to cover maintenance.

We have been talking about this for years. I would like to do this, especially with the baby pool gone,” he told the council. “It would be a fine thing for the pool.”

For more from the Red Bud City Council meeting, please see this week’s print edition.