The Caledonia City Council says options to build an indoor swimming pool or enclose the current pool would cost too much and place an undue burden on taxpayers.
The Caledonia Argus reports a recent survey of residents indicated an interest in an indoor pool instead of a new outdoor pool to replace the aging pool.
A campaign to raise $1,700,000 to finance the new pool is continuing. The newspaper says the cost estimate on an indoor pool would be $3,075,000 and operating the facility would cost an additional $600,000 to $700,000 a year.
Mayor Bob Burns told the newspaper the evidence is clear that building an indoor pool is too expensive.
The new 9,000 square-foot Aquatic Center will be constructed at the same location as the current pool.
It will serve the communities of Caledonia, Brownsville, Eitzen, Freeburg and Houston.