A request of support for a Keota swimming pool project was discussed at the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
Dan Flynn of the Keota Pool Advocates explained to the board they are raising funds for an estimated $1.2 million pool to replace the existing one located near the Lagos Acres Golf and Country Club within Washington County limits. The group has so far raised about $503,000, and is looking to apply for a $100,000 Wellmark Foundation grant and an Enhance Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant. Flynn informed that the CAT grant application requires a monetary commitment of support from the city of Keota and from Washington County, and they are submitting their application in July. Supervisor Jack Seward, Jr. suggested they contribute $5,000, and Flynn said they don’t need the funds now but likely in the next year. While the pool advocates group is charged with fundraising for the pool, Flynn says the city would own it. A bond measure to fund a new facility failed in November 2019 with only 40% of votes in favor. The supervisors requested more information on the project before considering a resolution of support.