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Correctionville poll

A state board awarded Correctionville, Iowa, a $100,000 Vision Iowa grant Wednesday to help fund a $1 million upgrade of the city's swimming pool, shown above in a March 2015 file photo.

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa | Correctionville voters on Tuesday approved a $600,000 bond issue that will help repair failing infrastructures at the city’s 30-year-old pool, according to unofficial election results.

City officials say the bond will fix damaged pipes, replace the children’s pool with a zero-entry wading pool and add stairs to the main pool. Construction is expected to begin after the pool season ends in August and be completed by late spring 2016.

A total of 115 people voted on the bond issue. Of those, 71 -– or about 62 percent -- voted to approve the issue, while 44 people – or about 38 percent voted against it.

The bond issue needed a supermajority or at least 60 percent of the vote to pass, said Woodbury County Deputy Elections Commissioner Steve Hofmeyer.

Voter turnout was 24 percent. There are 492 registered voters in Correctionville.

“We really didn’t know how it would go,” said Deputy City Clerk Carla Mathers. “We’re happy with what we got.”

Mathers said late Tuesday she did not know how much of an impact the bond issue would have on taxpayers.

She said the city will explore grants to provide additional funds for pool repairs. The approved bond will be paid over 15 years.

Voters Tuesday also elected Mayor Pro-Tem Nathan Heilman as the city’s new mayor. The seat was vacated after former mayor Gerald Hyler died in June 2014.

Heilman, who served as a city councilman, was appointed mayor pro-tem after Hyler’s death. Voters elected William Duncan to the City Council vacancy left by Heilman. Both candidates ran unopposed.


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