CITY OF OURAY: DOLA grants funds for pool project
By Sheridan Block
Major renovations are coming soon to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, as the city was awarded a substantial grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to pursue new designs for the pool.
According to City Resources Director Rick Noll, the city received a $200,000 grant from the state’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance program. The city has diligently managed the pool’s budget over the last few years in order to work on pool improvements, said Noll, and will match the award with $100,000 from the Pool Fund.
DOLA’s website explains that the program, which is funded by the state severance tax on energy and mineral production, was created to assist municipalities that are “socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels.”
Money from the grant will specifically go toward design and gathering of public input. Noll said that the city’s Pool Improvement Committee, with members representing a wide variety of pool users, has been meeting for a year and a half and has come up with an idea of what they would like to see included in the re-design. However, the city will need to...