Indoor pool supporters take to the phones

Since last week, Sioux Falls voters have been getting calls asking their stance on indoor and outdoor pools.

Indoor pool supporters commissioned the survey under the registered group Community Swim 365.

The idea, said Community Swim Chairwoman Margaret Sumption, “is to help frame the information and help voters understand why they should vote no on April 8.”

Argus reporter Beth Wischmeyer received a call Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Tweeted about some of the questions. 

The questions were heavily focused on the pool issue, she said, but also asked who she would vote for in the mayoral race: Mike Huether or Greg Jamison.

The ballot will ask voters if the city should build a new outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park. The city had been heading toward putting an indoor aquatics center at the park in west-central Sioux Falls before a group of neighbors opposed to the idea petitioned to put the matter on the ballot.

The city parks department’s recent presentations on the pool options have caused a stir. They had plans drawn up for both indoor and outdoor facilities.

One question during the phone survey asked if the city should use public funds to educate voters on the issues.

Sumption said she personally believes it’s helpful for the city to provide information ahead of the vote.

She did not know how long the phone surveys would continue or how many people they hope to reach.