Red Bud Council approves of moving forward with splash pad project

NEW OFFICERS–At Monday night’s Red Bud City Council meeting, the council also approved of hiring on two part time police officers. Hired were Nicholas Rinehart and Rusty Sellers.

Despite numerous setbacks, at Monday night’s Red Bud City Council meeting it looked like there was once again some forward momentum for the city’s splash pad project.

This project, which has in the past few years been a sometimes contentious topic for the council, has been an issue they’ve been working on for almost a decade.

In 2018, the council considered an advisory question for the November ballots, to see if there was support for the project and approval for a sales tax to support it. Ultimately the council opted to not put the advisory question on the ballot.

In March 2019, the council approved of moving forward with the splash pad project with a quality based selection request. And by mid-2019, the council approved of a request for quotation and authorization to draft a contract with Capri Pools and Aquatics for the splash pad project.

By September 2019, word of the project had spread and the council meeting was well attended that month by people wanting to voice their support of the project.

However at a special council meeting later that month, approval of the proposed splash pad contract and project was removed from the agenda. And despite it being pointed out that the parks department had the funding for the project, some members of the council expressed concerns about funding.

For more information about the splash pad project and the city council meeting, please see this week’s print edition.