There was not an empty seat in the city council chambers as Sioux Falls residents flocked to the meeting to make sure their voice was heard regarding the indoor pool project at Spellerberg Park.
The Sioux Falls City Council made their decision. On a vote of 7 to 1, an indoor pool at Spellerberg Park received funding to move forward. Before the vote was cast, Sioux Falls citizens addressed the council, and the night started with a comment from Sanford Health, who had recently announced their intention to look into their own pool.
"I will be brief. I simply want to state on behalf of the Sanford leadership that we fully support the proposal to build the indoor aquatic center at Spellerberg Park," Mike Begeman said.
From there, person after person after person stepped up to the podium to share their thoughts. Most of the people who spoke at first were against the proposal.
"Squeezing an expensive aquatic center in Spellerberg Park slams the door shut on the possibility of future of the site and flexibility," Mary Roberts said.
As the night went on, more and more people stood up in favor of the indoor aquatic center.
"I think as a progressive city, it's in our best interest to move forward now, end the analysis paralysis, and vote for an indoor pool before my daughter is 13 and asking me when will we have an indoor pool," Brian Brenner said.
In total, 20 people stood in front of the council over the span of one hour and 15 minutes. Before the issue was handed off to the council, Mayor Mike Huether said the indoor pool discussion was the best dialogue he had heard in his four years a Mayor.
The council's vote, which would approve over 11-million dollars for the estimated 19-point-4 million dollar aquatic center, came quickly and without much contention. On a vote of 7 to 1, an indoor pool for Sioux Falls is now a reality.