The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen are discussing the possible addition of an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool to be built within the city limits of Osage Beach in the future.

The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen are discussing the possible addition of an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool to be built within the city limits of Osage Beach in the future.

The swimming pool would be built somewhere within the 18 acres that surround the Tri-County YMCA of the Ozarks compound in Osage Beach.

Board President Jeff Bethurem brought up the idea to Mayor John Olivarri and other board members during the recent board of aldermen meeting on July 19, 2018.

While discussions are in the very beginning stages, Bethurem explained that Lake Regional Hospital and Central Bank are two community partners who have been thinking of the city pool as a long term project.

Bethurem says the swimming pool would be used for hosting nine swim meets and competitions per year and be sustained through memberships and schools using the facility.

"The economic impact would be great as swim meets can last anywhere from two to three days, and that would fill up hotels and restaurants during those times," Bethurem said.

Early thoughts are that the city would own the pool, but the YMCA would manage the facility and provide locker rooms and showers that are already in existence within their facility.

"This is not an unusual arrangement as the city of Lebanon pool is also managed by their YMCA," said Bethurem.

Funding for the project would possibly come in part from Lake Regional Hospital, other community partners and the City of Osage Beach, according to Betherum. Early estimates are that the indoor pool would cost somewhere in the $2 million dollar range.

While Mayor Olivarri and Aldermen Richard Ross and Kevin Rucker would like a more detailed proposal with more information about the project, the board voted in favor of discussing the project further.

"There is a need for a city pool and it has been a long time discussion as to why we don't have one, so I would be interested in hearing more about this," said Alderwoman Phyllis Marose.