The Presque Isle Community Center is moving forward, as the council has given the go ahead for the next major steps.
“They are going to end up getting the project to the point where it is prepared. So the next thing the council would authorize is for the architects to actually convert that design into a bid document. Once the council does that, we can put the project out to bid. So it’s a very significant step in terms of this project moving to the next level,” says Presque Isle City Manager Jim Bennett.
The council also discussed a stand-alone project on an outdoor pool. This pool would be part of the Community Center down by Riverside Drive.
“The council authorized the work to be done on the outdoor pool and the splash pad, in terms of designing it, and getting it ready to go out to bid,” says Bennett.
The preliminary cost of the pool and splash pad is 1.5 million dollars and the community center project is around 7.5 million. The council wants to try to do the pool project without donations, but the community center on the other hand will need donations. Both the Community Center, and outdoor pool are costly, but Bennett says they will benefit the community and generations to come.
The demolition of the indoor pool was also brought up Monday. It’s contracted to be torn down by the summer.