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City Council to talk court room and pool tonight
Posted by news on 12/12/2016 5:18:00 AM.
City Council meets again this evening in Watertown and the pool at Thompson Park could be on the agenda.

Council members may decide to ask a group called "Friends of Thompson Park Pool" to help with fundraising efforts to restore the pool that was closed in 2013.

Just last month, State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she had secured $300,000 to go toward either renovating or replacing the pool.

Estimates, on replacing the structure come in at about $2 million, with a $750,000 price tag to update the bathhouse.

Council might look into handling the project in phases, in order to save on overall costs.

Also tonight, the future of City Court in Watertown will be a topic. And according to the Watertown Daily Times, the city is not going to be purchasing the American Legion to hold court.

Officials have been considering renovating City Hall, at a $2 million price tag, building a new court complex off site, or repurposing the American Legion on Sterling Street. Mayor Joe Butler Jr. told the Times that the legion is "not a viable option."

The city has been forced to find more space to accommodate two fulltime judges.

A few years ago the state mandated that city's Watertown's size require two judges, which means two courtrooms and two holding cells.

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