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Remember Worthington Pools (RWP) - Candidate Survey - 2019

This survey was sent to all 13 candidates for Worthington City Council this year. Responses are published
below alphabetically by last name. Remember Worthington Pools did not edit candidates’ responses.

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The following questions were asked of every candidate.

Candidate Questions

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

Candidate Responses
Candy Brooks

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

Agree. While we could continue to make temporary repairs, the truth is that the time has come to replace most
of the facilities. According to a 2018 facility inspection, the structural integrity of the north and middle pools is
questionable, evidenced by the crumbling bottom and the loss of thousands of gallons of water daily. The slide
needs work, the dressing area is an embarrassment, and the natatorium clearly needs replaced. Some of the
facilities were built 65 years ago. The rest, 45 years ago. It is time.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

I agree that the city should contribute to the operations and capital construction, though the cost should not fall
completely on the shoulders of the city.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

Only slightly more than half of pool memberships (55 percent) are owned by city of Worthington residents. The
rest of the members come from Columbus or townships, either within or outside of the Worthington school
district. It is clear that the city of Worthington should not shoulder the total responsibility for the pools, unless all
attempts to form at forming a joint recreation district or financially collaborating with the schools and Columbus
fail. Only as a last resort should the take over the pools, and only then if a study shows that the city could do so
without creating a financial burden on city residents. I do not ever want to see the Worthington pools closed. It
is just too valuable to the families and children of Worthington. We must work together to find a way.

Formation of a joint recreation district is clearly the most equitable way to proceed. The city of Worthington,
and perhaps Columbus, and the Worthington schools should form the district and designate a board of trustees
for oversight. The board could issue bonds and/or place a bond issue or levy on the ballot. With the entire
school district involved, the size of a levy or bond issue could be relatively small to fund new pools, other
facilities, and a natatorium.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I would love to see a whole new pool or pools. This would not only be great for the kids and families who
currently enjoy the facilities, but might also attract more members and guests and make it a popular place to
rent, which would generate more operating funds. I would also like to see more comfortable restrooms and
changing areas; a safer drop-off area and parking lot; a better way to encourage cyclists to ride and park at the
pool. I have an infant grandson; babies do much better with a zero-entry pool. Also, there should be more
shady areas for those of us who prefer to avoid the sun.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

The primary duty of a city is to make sure residents have proper sewers, water, electricity, roads. Not too far
behind those necessities is a public swimming pool. Swiminc, a non-profit group of residents, built the original
Worthington pool in 1953. It was funded by bonds purchased by the original members. Over the years,
Swiminc has done a good job operating the pools, providing a great place for families, young children,
teenagers, and grandparents. Other than a $600,000 loan in 1995, the city has not been asked for help. Now
the original pools are failing, and someone must pay to replace the facilities of this invaluable community
resource. The city should not take on the responsibility alone, but should take the lead in forming a new
recreation district to raise the needed funds. Like our Worthington families did in 1953, we must work together
to find creative ways to provide a public pool for our community.
Peter Bucher

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

I agree, as described the facility is long overdue for significant upgrades. It's a centerpiece of our community
and we should upgrade and improve it so families do not feel the need to leave Worthington to go to the pool.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

I agree, I think the city should help support with the operations and capital construction of the pool as they
have done in the past. The pool is a longstanding and important piece of our community that we should invest
in and improve.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

I think a significant investment would be a good investment for the city and the community. Leveraging state,
school district, SwimInc, and private dollars and donations would be important to strategically pay for capital
improvements.

4. Who else, besides the city, should fund the pool?

In addition to the city we should leverage state, school district, SwimInc, and private dollars and donations for
pool capital improvements.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I believe the pool needs renovations to its locker rooms/bathrooms, concession stands, and structural aspects.
I believe we could add new recreational amenities and shading when possible.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

This is an issue that has not had the leadership it needs to get the improvements done. For Council, I would
work to bring the right people together to help lead the pool in the right direction so it can continue to be a
centerpiece of our community for decades to come.
Paul Dorothy

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large-scale renovation?

I would agree that the pool complex needs renovation. However, we need to be prudent when determining
which components of the Master Plan are fundamental needs. The pool complex is an integral part of our
community (my son works there as a lifeguard) and must be preserved, but attendance numbers have been
down significantly in recent years. As such, renewal of this vital infrastructure must be done to best
accommodate and support the community need while preserving the city’s ability to support other needed
community infrastructure.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

I am definitely in favor of the city lending a hand with securing the necessary funding for the renovation, but do
not think that enough information has been presented to definitively determine how and a what level this
support materializes.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

At this time there are several pathways for resolution of the funding issue that have been identified. In my
opinion, the best of these options so far is one that utilizes a city grant in conjunction with an extension of credit
to the pool complex.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

As stated above, I believe that future revenues from the pool complex should be used to fund the renovation. I
fully support the work that has already been done to better separate the different revenue streams and, thus,
renegotiate the deal with the Schools. Additionally, I would like to see fundraising done on behalf of the
renovation much like was done for the turf field at TWHS which raised over $500k from private donations.
Finally, I would like to see the potential for family friendly corporate advertising be investigated as a source of
funds.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

My background is in engineering, so I am very focused on ensuring that the renovations that would be
considered are examined for their life-cycle cost and sustainability. While it isn’t flashy, the most critical needs
are to ensure that the basic infrastructure is renewed first. After that is completed, the portions of the pool
complex that can either generate revenue or are locations in which most customers interface with the complex
should be the next priority.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

I understand the importance of listening to your concerns and ensuring that they are considered and
addressed. My background in planning and managing infrastructure projects enables me to have a deeper
understanding of all the impacts that need to be considered before making decisions and how to manage our
existing infrastructure in the most cost effective manner while providing the quality of life we in Worthington
have come to expect.
Michael Farley

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

I do believe the pool needs renovated. As to the scale of such a renovation, I need more information. Likely
the scale of the renovation will be impacted by the availability of funds. I would like to see firm cost estimates
for a couple of different options (i.e., small scale, medium scale, and large scale). My kids are huge fans of the
pool and we purchase annual memberships. The Swim Inc. organization is presenting to the joint City Council
and Board of Education meeting next week. I look forward to hearing details about the needs of the facility.
Having a pool in our community is a significant quality of life issue.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

I do not believe it is the City of Worthington’s “responsibility” to contribute to the operations of the pool. I do
believe that this renovation presents opportunities for different governmental and non-governmental groups to
come together to maintain the pool. The State of Ohio has come to the table with $1 million. City Council, the
Worthington School Board, and the community can also come to the table with funding mechanisms.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

Without more details, it is difficult to state to what extent. The City of Worthington can provide a variety of
financing mechanisms to assist. I believe the City of Worthington could make a sustained, multi-year
commitment to a project. This will require reprioritization of other expenditures in the budget. The City of
Worthington is on the precipice of significant budget constriction. We are starting to see the effects of the loss
of the jobs in the Anthem building. Four of the last five months have seen revenues come in under estimates.
With this background, this does not mean we cannot invest in the pool. It simply means that we need to make
it a priority. And that level of commitment must be consistent with the capacity of the City of Worthington’s
budget. The City of Worthington should provide the catalytic leadership to get this project done.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

The unique organizational structure of the pool provides for several opportunities. First, Worthington Schools
need to have a sustained financial commitment beyond their current commitment. Moreover, the community
should get behind the pool effort. The pool should immediately challenge the sectors of government by raising
initial funds from the community to demonstrate community support. This does not need to be a significant
amount of money. Funds raised should be an amount to demonstrate to those that doubt relevance or
importance that the pool is worthy of public support. This project must be a public-private partnership to work.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

The first priorities of renovations should be safety and capacity. I will leave it to the experts to determine what
amenities will drive attendance at the pool. We should also keep in mind the long-term maintenance of
whatever we build. This sustained cost of maintenance should be included in the long-term fiscal plan of the
renovation. This could be an area that the City of Worthington could assist on an ongoing basis.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?
Our pool has a unique public-private organizational structure. The school owns the land. A volunteer board
oversees operations. As we look at core services of city government, most cities have the distinction of owning
their own pools. We do not have that structure. This allows us the ability to be creative in our approach. The
City of Worthington can support the pool at a much more cost efficient dollar amount than other cities.
However, as I continually point out, the City of Worthington has significant structural financial issues. We must
prioritize our spending in order to be able to support the pool. We may not be able to support the pool with an
overwhelming amount of city dollars due to the oncoming deficits. We must start now in the planning and
collaboration process. Construction costs are only getting higher. Our first goal should be to work with Sen.
Kunze and Rep. Liston to work on re-appropriating the current capital project dollars so that we have additional
time and do not risk losing the $1 million investment from the State of Ohio that former-Rep. Mike Duffey
secured during his term in office. Securing the future of our community pool will be one of my top priorities if
elected to offices. The City of Worthington will not be the only participant, but will be a significant participant in
the process.
Doug Foust

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

Agree

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

Agree as to capital improvement. Not sure what you mean by "operations". I have not seen an "ask" regarding
long-term operations support from Rob Schmidt that I can recall to date. If you are asking for a long term
subsidization that is a far more complicated conversation. I would like to think the pool would stand as
self-sustaining once updated.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

I have heard the figure one million discussed in the past. I would support that investment by the city. Has there
been any update to that figure?

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

I think it is incumbent on Swiminc to propose a plan, funding model and operating budget.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I think the plans shared in recent years by Mr. Schmidt are appropriate and comprehensive.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

I view the pool (as I have stated in public Council sessions) as a diamond in the rough that the City desperately
needs to polish. It is a terrific asset that must be brought up to standards. I spent my summers at the pool
throughout my K-12 years and learned to swim through lessons provided by Swiminc. It is near and dear to my
heart.
Barton Hacker

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

I agree the facility needs modernized.This likely includes a pool replacement and a new shelter house, though
other amenities would certainly be nice. It is my understanding that Swiminc inc. has begun discussing it's
future operational plans, contracting with OHM Advisors to identify modernization options. I have not personally
seen this report.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

Worthington is unique in that the city does not own or operate the pool. Most communities - in fact, nearly all in
the greater Columbus area - operate a pool through their respective Parks & Recreation Departments. In
Worthington, a local nonprofit (Swiminc Inc.) operates and maintains the aquatic complex, on property owned
by the Worthington Schools. While unorthodox, this long-term lease arrangement between Worthington
Schools and Swiminc is a model public-private partnership. Because there is no ownership interest by the City,
I do not believe it has a formal responsibility to contribute to the operations and capital construction of the pool;
however, there are many nonprofit operations that receive grant funding because they are viewed as integral to
the Worthington community. I believe the Worthington Pool is one such entity and should therefore receive
some kind of financial assistance from the City of Worthington.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

The City of Worthington can offer renovation grants, challenge grants, and/or low or no interest loans to
Swiminc for a pool renovation. The exact amount available would be dependent on two factors: total cost of
any proposed renovation, and the city's financial capacity to make such an award.

Currently, Worthington is experiencing decreasing revenues and increasing expenses. The five-year budget
forecast for 2019-2023, as passed by City Council, predicts the need to spend $1.2 from the general fund
balance (city reserves) to meet operational expenses. This forecast assumes a tenant at the former Anthem
HQ building, so the longer that property remains empty, the higher the likelihood that we may need to spend
even more money from our general fund balance. We must therefore be focused on stabilizing city revenue
before we advance additional unplanned projects. Once that is done, the Worthington Pool should certainly be
in the mix of priorities requiring city investment.

A note about the general fund balance... Worthington's General Fund Carryover Balance Policy is 35% with a
target unencumbered cash balance of between 35% and 50% of prior year General Fund operating
expenditures. This means Worthington should have a bit more than $9.1 million in unencumbered reserves in
2019, which we do. Unfortunately, based on the anticipated expenses of our five-year budget forecast,
reserves will need to be nearly $12 million by 2023. We are projected to drop to that reserve level if we do not
balance our city budget with additional municipal income tax receipts. If we stabilize or grow municipal tax
receipts so that we do not need to use general fund reserves to cover operational expenses during the next 4-5
years, I am in favor of investing that portion of the fund balance over the 35% policy target.

This brings up a second concern... what should we invest in? It's no secret that our community has a laundry
list of things needing attention. Is the pool more important right now than redevelopment of the High Street
business corridor? What about water and sewer infrastructure upgrades? I think the Worthingtn Pool should be
on that list somewhere, but it might not be at the top of the list immediately.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

Worthington Pool is an important community partner that the City needs to support. That said, residential
membership to the pool extends well beyond the municipal boundaries to include the geographical area
encompassed by the Worthington School District. Additionally, the pool is located on school property, and is
actively used by the schools. Because of this, Worthington Schools should be a funding stakeholder; the City
of Columbus should be as well. Finally, Swiminc bears some responsibility to identify other sources of potential
grant funding, whether through the Columbus Foundation or private corporate assistance.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I’m not sure the space is physically large enough to add many amenities beyond those currently offered.
Because of this, I would be most interested in structural modernization renovations identified by OHM
Advisors.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

Residential membership to Worthington Pools for a family of four is 22% higher than a non-resident
membership to the Westerville Aquatic Center, and Westerville's facility is larger and has more amenities. I
personally know families who choose to join the Westerville facility over Worthington Pools because of this,
and that is a problem. Part of the Worthington resident proposition should include affordable access to modern
amenities. This includes parks, recreation centers, senior centers, cultural arts opportunities, and yes, also a
pool. Unfortunately, there are no easy options that will allow the City to address the needs of this community
asset overnight. We must instead acknowledge the importance of having a modern pool facility, and work
toward including it in the City's growing list of future priorities.

This is one of those needs that highlights the importance of stabilizing our City's operational funding and
growing our municipal tax base through responsible business growth and development. This is going to require
strong leadership skills from the next group of City Council members.
Seth Kraut

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

Agree. The pool complex is clearly outdated. It compares unfavorably to pools in Westerville and Dublin.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

Agree with caveats.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

Ideally, the city would be a significant funder of the renovation possibly through bonds. However, the city also
needs to be responsible in its commitments, as it is scheduled to run a deficit in 2019 and 2020. Any
contribution the city makes should also consider whether the pool should continue to be run by a private
nonprofit instead of the city.

In order for Worthington to make the investments needed in the pool and other programs that support our
community, we need to develop a coherent and consistent economic development strategy that works for
Worthington.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

The school system is a significant consumer of the natatorium, and it should fund it appropriately. We should
also look for other money that would be available to fund the pool.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

The updated Westerville pool is an excellent model. Westerville describes the pool this way - “the Aquatic
Center features a speed and body slide tower, a zero-entry toddler pool with a simulated-rock slide, a spray
playground, lazy river and eight-lane, 25-meter pool with diving well."

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

Over the last 20 years or so, we have seen that privatizing public goods doesn’t serve the public. While
Swiminc is well intentioned, Worthington would be better served if the pool was administered through the Parks
department.

As the climate changes, we’re seeing more hot days and a longer hot season. A high quality affordable outdoor
pool will become a more important facility for the community as this continues.
Bonnie Michael

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

This facility has been so heavily used it is in dire need of large scale renovation.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

Since the school district and the city have different lines of jurisdiction, I believe we should look at setting up a
Joint Recreation District, which would be a separate governmental entity, in which both the Schools and the
City could contribute. In addition, this entity could sponsor a School-District wide levy to support the
implementation of the full master plan estimated to be approximately $20 million. I believe for success the
City, the School District, and the public will all need to contribute to the operations and capital construction of
the pool.

This is a very complex issue that actually the City and Schools are currently working on. There are options
that range from the City granting a loan to Swim Inc., creating a City/School Joint Venture, to creating the Joint
Recreation District. This is not a simple yes or no answer.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

I believe there needs to be a phased approach to renovations. I envision the City working with Swiminc Inc. for
an initial grant and loan program to allow Swiminc Inc. to use the $1million of state funding to make some
much needed pool improvements. The City does not have the surplus capital to fund the entire Swiminc Inc.
need. There also has been discussion of beginning with $4.5 million outdoor pool investment. Under this
scenario the City would provide partial funding to complement the State’s $1 million funding. In addition, the
City could extend its credit in a specified amount that is backed by City revenues and paid for via summer pool
revenues. Additional fund raising may be needed to complete the full project amount needed.
4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

Please see # 3 above.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I suggest that the Swiminc Inc. Master plan be the guiding document. It has been prepared by those who use
the pool, those who operate the pool, and those who participated in shaping the future vision of this facility.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

This swimming complex has been a part my family’s life. I was a bond holder to support this facility. My
children learned to swim at this pool and we were pool members for years. Now, my grandchildren are taking
swimming lessons at Worthington Pools. For at least the past 6 years, in the summer, I have taken the
outdoor water aerobics classes. I have personally experienced this facility and understand its need for
extensive renovation.
Eddie Pauline

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large-scale renovation?

I agree. The reality is that the outdoor pool is past its lifespan and needs to be rebuilt as the community asset it
once was. The issue is how to fund such a project?

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

My understanding is that there are at least three entities that have an interest in the success of the pool
complex: SwimInc, the nonprofit owner, Worthington City Schools, and the City of Worthington. This is a
unique relationship. I agree that the city needs to take some responsibility IF other more basic city priorities
are satisfied (i.e. failing infrastructure in some neighborhoods). The challenge is that all three entities are facing
substantial capital costs and constrained budgets. The reality is that we need to find additional revenue.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

It is my understanding that a pool renovation/reconstruction could cost anywhere between $6 and $7 million
dollars, just for the outdoor pool complex. For example, Grandview Heights new outdoor pool complex cost
$6.6 million (in 2017). Having the state appropriation is fantastic, but amounts 1/7th of the capital cost we
need. What should the City’s share be? I would like to hear from the community as to what they think our fair
share is and how they would prioritize pool funding with our other capital needs based upon our revenues.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

I’m hoping that experts and groups like Remember Worthington Pools will have suggestions. It is going to take
a layering/stacking of funds to make this possible - including state funds, grants, and event programming
streams, etc. along with private fundraising, donors, the city, the school district, SwimInc., and
memberships/user fees.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I believe it has a lot of the right amenities - varying pool depths, separate tot pool, separate adult pool, slides,
splash pad, green space, concessions. I would add a zero-entry pool and more shade structures. Maybe even
rentable cabanas? It would also be great to have an amusement park-like children’s water play area. Creating
a shared locker room between the indoor and outdoor pools could add efficiency.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

I would add that because of the expected capital and operating costs of a new pool complex and the current
state of Worthington city revenues, I would expect members of Remember Worthington Pools to be natural
allies with those in our community looking to significantly grow and improve our class A office space inventory.
This is because increased revenues (income tax) from companies that would be attracted to that will help the
city have enough resources to support community amenities like the pool.
Jennifer Rhoads

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large-scale renovation?

Yes. Without question, the Worthington Pool needs a large-scale renovation. It is virtually the same pool at
which I spent many, many summers after my family moved to Worthington in 1976. But for the addition of the
splash park and the updated slide, the pool is nearly identical. I wholeheartedly support renovating our
community’s pool.
How many other outdoor pools in Central Ohio haven’t really changed since the mid 1970’s? Our community
has a big problem. The city has abandoned the pool and refuses to take ownership of it. Instead, the city
expects a handful of swim parents to keep it afloat (pun intended), and that clearly isn’t a solution.

Nearly four years ago, former State Representative and former City Councilman Mike Duffey secured $1
million in state funding to help revive the Worthington Pool, but that was one quarter or less of the amount of
money necessary for the project. Worthington City Council should have designed a plan to use the state
funding to renovate our community’s pool. After all, Worthington is the only city in Franklin County besides
Whitehall and Reynoldsburg that does not have a city-funded outdoor pool.

Instead, Worthington City Council just sat on its hands and did nothing. City council has not convened a single
meeting nor planning session on this issue. City council has taken no action whatsoever, and now, after years
of inaction, the State of Ohio could simply pull back the funds for failure to utilize the funding as part of an
overall plan. This just irresponsible. This is a complete lack of leadership. What a terrible embarrassment to the
City of Worthington if the State of Ohio retracts the funds. But, what would be more embarrassing would be
watching our community pool shut down. What kind of example would that be to the children in our
community?

Worthington deserves better. Worthington needs to elect solutions-oriented leaders that recognize the
importance of a modern, clean, safe city pool to our community fabric.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

I agree that it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the operations and capital construction of the
Worthington Pool.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

The city council needs to stop turning its back on the pool. A city swimming pool is core to a community’s
fabric. That’s why every other Central Ohio city, except Whitehall, Obetz, and Worthington, has a city-funded
pool. It’s a place where communities gather together—all ages—as residents to stay healthy, relax, and enjoy
one another. It’s where resident have summertime parties and kids learn how to swim. For many years, that
is exactly what I enjoyed doing with my own children at the Worthington Pool until suddenly my kids started
asking the go to “the pool by Grandma’s house” in Dublin with beach entry and a taller diving board or to go to
“the pool where we exercise” at LifeTime Fitness with the great snack bar and bigger slide.
The city needs to structure a partnership with the school board, Swim Inc. and perhaps other community
interests to ensure we do not lose the state funding secured by former state representative Mike Duffey before
it is too late. How many years does it take make headway and advance the ball. This is yet another example
of city council’s complete lack of leadership. The time for change on city council is now, before we lose out
community pool altogether.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

The city needs to structure a partnership with the school board and perhaps other community interests to
ensure we do not lose the state funding secured by our former state representative Mike Duffey before it is too
late. Real leaders understand that there is always more than one way to solve a problem. City council should
have stepped up a long time ago and entered into dialogue with the school board and other community leaders
to explore any potential avenue to save our community pool.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

First and foremost, the Worthington Pool should be clean and safe for all residents. To me, it’s important to
think about swimming itself. Swimming ranks in the top 5 when it comes to popular activities in the U.S., and
rightly so. There are hosts of benefits you may gain from swimming regularly, and the benefits are
advantageous to our entire community: the young, old, injured, disabled, stressed, tired, pregnant, and more.

One of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe. While your muscles
are getting a good workout, your cardiovascular system is, too. Plus, swimming is appropriate for people with
injuries, arthritis, and other conditions. People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may also find swimming beneficial.

Swimming is an efficient way to burn calories and has the power to improve sleep, especially in order adults
with insomnia. Swimming is accessible to a wide range of people who deal with physical issues and, like other
forms of exercise, has been shown to boost mood and help manage stress. Swimming is safe during
pregnancy, is great for kids and is affordable to exercise option when compared to others.

With simply a modern, clean and safe community pool, imagine the lives Worthington has the potential to
positively impact. Think of the impact on our sense of belonging. Think of the impact on attracting new
businesses whose employees may enjoy the opportunity to take a swim at lunch. Think about the impact on
people looking to move to Worthington when they see what they can enjoy whether they are young and single,
married with children, or retired and relaxing. But, given the size of the investment, we need to be sure we are
looking forward and delivering what allows us to compete with “the pool at Grandma’s house” and “the pool
where we exercise.” What those amenities are should, of course, be further explored with our residents.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

A business executive, attorney, mother, and lifelong resident, I bring valuable expertise to Worthington City
Council. I have practiced law for over 20 years, both with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio
Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. Most recently, I lead the statewide business
association as its first-ever female president and CEO, and only its fifth leader in 100 years.

I know the ins and outs of small business, and I am well-versed in the workings of municipal government, from
taxation and zoning, to business development and revenue, to negotiation and compromise. Most importantly, I
understand for whom Council works, and that it’s time Council put residents’ interests first instead of their own
or the interests of developers.
Leadership is not a difference maker. It’s the difference maker. Our city will advance only to the level of our
leadership. We need decisive leaders—ones that avoid stagnation and vacillation. We need leaders who
design solutions rather than let issues fester and create conflict.

Worthington is my hometown, and it’s the place I chose as single mother to raise my two children. Our
community deserves more. Our voices deserve to be heard, and our viewpoints taken into account.

To me, the answer is clear. It’s time for a new era of leadership on Worthington City Council.
Doug Smith

DID NOT ANSWER SURVEY


Michael Troper

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

I agree that Worthington Pools needs a large scale renovation.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

I agree that it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the operations and capital construction of the pool. The
operations of the pool should be as self-supporting as possible.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

The city should at least match, or come close to matching, the state’s contribution of $1,000,000.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?

Worthington Schools should help fund the pool.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I have not used the pools recently but the facility is an essential part of the Worthington community. I would like
to see the amenities and upgrades that have been recommended in the Worthington Pools Master Plan. The
pools and amenities should be comparable to the pools in the neighboring suburbs.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

Worthington Pools is an essential part of the Worthington community. We need to fund the pools to ensure that
all of Worthington’s amenities remain first class.
Karen Wilson

1. Do you agree or disagree that the pool complex needs a large scale renovation?

Yes. Like it or not, a community pool is one of only a handful of items on which a city is judged. A shabby and
dated pool complex leaves an extremely negative impression on potential home buyers, visitors, and business
investors. Worthington has always been a desirable and fairly affluent community, but our community pool is
suggesting otherwise. We can do better.

2. As a candidate for council, do you agree or disagree it is the city’s responsibility to contribute to the
operations and capital construction of the pool?

As above, yes the city must contribute to the pool’s improvements.

3. If you answered “agree” to question 2, to what extent should the city fund the pool renovation?

I am currently undecided regarding the percentage or amount the city should contribute. I look forward to
review various pay structures and options to be presented to council mid-October. In general, I believe in
collaboration. It is clear to most that we absolutely need and want pool improvements; let’s get it done.

4. Who else, beside the city, should fund the pool?


It seems very reasonable that the school contribute a portion since the facilities are used for swim meets.

5. What amenities would you like to see at the renovated pool? What upgrades would you suggest?

I understand the infrastructure of the pool is the must-have repair. As far as upgrades, I’m mostly satisfied with
its features and general layout. A zero-depth entry is useful for very small children. A lazy river is popular and
fun. Both are nice-to-haves not must haves. Given my earlier mention regarding the impression an amenity
such as a community pool communicates about a city, I’m much more interested in cleaning up and
modernizing what we have rather than adding on: the concession and entrance buildings, replacing chairs and
awnings, updating the signage, and addressing the 161 weed patch.

6. Do you have anything else you would like to share with voters?

The pool is just one frustrating example of our city’s lack of leadership and inaction of late. We can do better.
And as I dig deeper, I’m finding more and more that the issues may not have to be as complex or expensive as
the “falling behind” commentary might suggest. In my view we as a city just need a little cleaning up. It’s clear
we all love Worthington; we all moved here for a reason. Most of us aren’t really looking to drastically change it
so much as bring back our pride and polish. The pool definitely could and should be one of several sources of
pride for all of us.

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