City hopes to reopen 50-year-old pool

La Vista officials are trying to protect pipes at the La Vista Municipal Pool this winter in hopes of reopening the 50-year-old pool this summer.

The pool's pipe system has been likened to Swiss cheese.

The La Vista Public Works Department applied antifreeze and wrapped pipes in plastic to prevent damage. A heater was placed inside the pump house to control moisture.

“You just never know what's going to happen,” La Vista Parks Superintendent Brian Lukasiewicz said.

According to a 2008 survey, four out of five residents supported a new pool, but only 46 percent supported an $8.5 million bond issue to fund it. The community soundly rejected a similar proposal last year.

There were no issues in opening the pool last summer. In 2011, the city repaired major breaks between the pump house and baby pool.

Mayor Doug Kindig said the city will do its best to keep the pool open, but doesn't have plans to replace outdated equipment.

“I'm going to do everything we can to open it, but I'm not going to be in favor to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to make that happen,” Kindig said.

Police chief to train at FBI academy

La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten will have a 10-week stay in Quantico, Va., to attend the FBI's National Academy and its management training program.

Lausten will join 250 other high-ranking law enforcement officers for training that includes behavioral science, law enforcement communication and leadership ethics.

The FBI pays for all expenses, including housing, dining and travel.

“It's a very selective process on who gets to go,” Lausten said. “It's like the gold standard for law enforcement command staff.”

Public tours building that will be police HQs

About 50 people showed up to tour the building slated to become the new Bellevue Police Department headquarters.

Interim Police Chief Mark Elbert and Police Capt. Dave Stukenholtz led visitors on a tour of the basement and the upper two stories of an office building that has been largely unused since the 1980s.

Numerous holes punched in drywall had been made by work crews assessing the building's electrical and plumbing structure.

Stukenholtz said the entire interior of the building will be ripped out, leaving only the shell.

The purchase of the building, together with the cost of renovations, is expected to be about $8.7 million. It is part of a site that will become the new Bellevue City Hall.

— World-Herald News Service

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