BOZEMAN, Mont. - After hours of public comment and discussion Monday night, the Bozeman City Commission made a final decision about a new community aquatics facility.
Commissioners had three options for their future outdoor pool- partner with the Gallatin Valley YMCA on land owned by the Y next to Regional Park, partner with the Y on land the city owns at Rose Park nearby, or build separate facilities at each respective location with no partnership.
Mayor Carson Taylor, Deputy Mayor Jeff Krauss and Commissioner I-Ho Pomeroy approved the first of the three choices. Commissioners Cyndy Andrus and Chris Mehl voted against the proposal.
The Commission heard from several people urging them to partner with the YMCA at Regional Park, before they discussed it amongst themselves and took the vote.
The decision didn't come before laying out several questions and concerns, as Commissioners thoroughly went over the plans.
Topics talked about included the fact that the city doesn't own the land they'd be building on, and how to come up with a non-compete agreement with the Ridge Athletic Club.
City staff recommended partnering with the Y to build the indoor rec center and outdoor pool next to the Regional Park, saying the plan is the most efficient of the three and cheapest choice for taxpayers.
Though, staff members did admit there would be challenges with partnering with the Y, they said the challenges can be worked through.
Plus, Gallatin County Commissioners recently made a deal with the YMCA to share a parking lot for the Regional Park and future rec center.
The city will now lay out what their partnership with the YMCA will look like, and move forward with design and project plans for the new facility.