Councilman Ara Najarian, a swimmer who fought hard against attempts to scale back the pool’s design, was relatively quiet during the discussion, except to suggest that he believed the pool would bring in more revenue than the $50,000 to $100,000 city officials were projecting.
“I think they are rather conservative,” he said.
Councilman Dave Weaver, who has repeatedly voted against the project as infeasible during a time of budget reductions and tight finances, remained silent.
Chapjian said he was concerned about how his department, which has seen its budget cut $1.3 million in the past three years, would fund the pool’s operation. Estimates peg the annual operation at $375,000 to $550,000, depending on the length of summer programming.