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Aging Community Pool Closes Over Safety Concerns

Andy Berg

A community pool in Seneca, Mo., has been closed after city officials say the 41-year-old facility presents a safety risk.

"I remember in junior high that was the place during the summer that's where myself and all my friends would go during the day and it was a popular place to go" local resident and Chamber of Commerce member, Lori Scribner, told the local Fox affiliate.

While that may have been the case years ago, Scribner says the years have taken a toll on the pool.

"It is just beyond repair at this point, the equipment is old, it's run down, there's a large crack that goes through the middle of the pool causing the water to drain out from the bottom" added Scribner.

City officials assessed the pool and decided to close early this year. The pool was found to have tiles falling apart, broken ladders, a splash pad that doesn’t work, and the chlorine system has become faulty.

Scribner doubts the pool will be open next year and hopes the city will come up with a plan to repair the facility.

City Council member Cecil Vance says the city has made repairs over the years but nothing has worked, and a new pool would cost around $2 million that the city doesn’t have.

"It's been a losing proposition ever since it was put in,” Vance said. “The city has been paying more, and we’re losing more than what parks and rec gets a year in taxes."

The city has been unable to receive any grants, as the area is in a flood plain.

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