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Wausau City Council votes against opening pools

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Wausau (WAOW) -- The Wausau City Council voted not to open pools this summer.

Previous to Tuesday's full council meeting, both the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Public Health and Safety Committee voting on whether or not to open city pools. Parks and Rec voted in favor of opening two of the three pools, mean while Public Health and Safety voted against opening pools.

The full council taking those recommendations into consideration, and ultimately deciding to keep pools closed this season. Many council members said the risk was too high given the COVID-19 pandemic.

"If we open them and something goes wrong, that's on us. It's not on them, it's not on the lifeguards, it's not on the social distancing crew, it's not on the neighborhood residents who just wanted something to do all summer. It's on us that made that decision," said District 7 Alderperson Lisa Rasmussen.

With the pools close for the summer, the city will save more than $123,000. That money can be reallocated to another project.

Courtney Terlecki

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