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New Kirksville Aquatic Center project takes key step forward

The city is seeking the services of a qualified engineering or construction firm for the aquatic facility and community center project. (KTVO File)

The process to construct a new aquatic center in Kirksville has taken a key step forward.

Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Sadler updated members of the Lakes, Parks and Recreation Commission (LPRC) Tuesday afternoon on the progress.

He says that Monday, the Request for Qualifications or RFQ was released.

The city is seeking the services of a qualified engineering or construction firm for the aquatic facility and community center project.

In total, the request has been sent out to 23 firms in Missouri and neighboring states.

Council is expected to select a firm during its meeting on March 19.

Leaking pipes, rusting electrical boxes and issues with the water slide plague the current pool.

As a result, Kirksville voters approved the Half-Cent Parks and Recreation Sales Tax last year.

Funds from that tax will be used to build the new aquatic center.

Sadler says as this process moves forward and a firm is selected, the community can once again assist with the project by providing feedback.

He says a number of community meetings will be held to discuss designs and gather ideas.

"We get to move forward with this process and I look forward to working with community members to see exactly what type of pool we need here in Kirksville and what they desire."

Just in the last month, Kirksville staffers toured four different aquatic facilities in northern Missouri.

The goal of that trip was to get ideas and see some of the options that are available.

Experts have said an indoor-outdoor facility the size Kirksville would need would cost between $4 million and $7 million.

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