Winamac Considers Funding Options for Pool Project


The Town of Winamac is finalizing the funding arrangements for its share of the town’s community pool project. The town has already agreed to contribute $150,000. On Monday, Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger discussed the source of that funding with the town council.

The town plans to use money from its Economic Development Income Tax Fund to pay for its share in the project. However, an additional appropriation would be required in order to make that money available. The possibility of splitting the payment in two was discussed, with $75,000 being paid this year and the other $75,000 being paid next year, in order to help the pool project better fit in the town’s budget.

Meanwhile, Winamac Town Attorney Justin Schramm continues to review the town’s agreement with the Community Foundation of Pulaski County and the pool committee. That agreement will formally allow the committee’s volunteers to oversee the project, which is expected to cost a total of $600,000.

In addition to the town’s $150,000 monetary contribution, town council member and project organizer Judy Heater says the town’s also promised to have its employees do about $150,000 worth of construction work. The rest of the funding is coming from grants, fundraisers, and private donations.

The committee organizing the project hopes to begin construction next year.