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Opposition mounted Monday night in response to the Dwight Village Board of Trustees’ decision that prompts Stevenson Pool to remain closed.

The pool has been inaccessible to the public because of guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Under phase No. 4 of the state of Illinois’ reopening plan, which begins on Friday, pools are allowed to reopen with some restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The village board took time to review a pair of scenarios with the budget in mind.

If the pool remains closed, the village could realize a loss of approximately $25,000. If the pool reopens, it will cost the village approximately $50,000.

Trustee Marla Kinkade doesn’t believe it would be fiscally responsible to reopen Stevenson Pool.

Village Administrator Kevin McNamara made mention of a checklist of items provided last year by the IDPH to the village that need to be addressed in order to reopen the pool. 

Several people spoke in support of the village giving consideration to reopening the pool to the public. One speaker had this to say.

In a 4-0 vote, the village board decided Stevenson Pool will remain closed to the public. Trustees Jenny Johnson and Justin Eggenberger were absent.