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Boaz council seeks change in aquatic center plans

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The proposed center would refurbish the old outlet mall. The proposed center would refurbish the old outlet mall.
BOAZ, AL (WAFF) -

The mayor of a town in Marshall County plans to ask for an up-or-down vote for a new aquatics center at their next council meeting.

Boaz has already spent more than $2 million on the project with no physical results. With an estimated price tag of $20 million, it is drawing concern from some members of the council.

Over the last several months, the City of Boaz has slowly but surely purchased some 23.5 acres of the old outlet mall with the vision of a recreation and aquatics center that would prompt conventions and regional sports play to draw in visitors.

Mayor Tim Walker said he believes such a center would propel Boaz into a positive economic and recreational future. Some members of the council agree with him, but what they do not agree with is the price tag. "We've talked about a scaled down version: a couple of swimming pools, a basketball court, workout room, and a smaller center would be sufficient," said councilman Jerry Battles.

Mayor Walker said he plans to call for a vote at their next council meeting, which is set for August 26.

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