Swimmers need 50-meter pool to train, Columbia Council told Pre-budget hearing draws pleas for competition site

September 15, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

Some Columbia residents have asked the Columbia Council to build a new 50-meter pool so that local competitive swimmers can train more effectively.

At a pre-budget public hearing before the Columbia Council on Thursday, 14 residents spoke out on various issues. Six of them HTC argued strongly in favor of a 50-meter pool, which they said is much needed locally for such competitions as swim meets and triathlete training.

Columbia now has 23 public pools, all of which are 25 meters.

The council will consider the issue in pre-budget discussions, council members said.

The Columbia Council is the 10-member body that governs the Columbia Association (CA), the homeowners association that collects liens from Columbia residents and manages their parkland and recreational facilities.

The pre-budget hearing marked the beginning of the council's annual process of deciding how to allocate money. The council will vote early next year on a final budget.

CA's operating and capital budgets this year totaled almost $39 million.

Also at the meeting, the council unanimously approved Title 19 exemption for the Wild Grass Court tot lot in Kings Contrivance.

Title 19 is a Howard County ordinance that allows police to enforce laws on private property -- such as the Columbia's open spaces -- without first having to contact CA, the property owner.

At the meeting, residents also expressed continued support of the Columbia Horse Center in Laurel. Others urged the council to simplify CA's budget format so that all residents can understand the details of its budget.

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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