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Bond issue passes with 81 percent of vote

Voting in a special election, White Hall residents overwhelming approved a bond issue Tuesday that will help finance a community center and aquatics park.

The bond issue passed with 81 percent of the vote, with 364 ballots cast in favor of the measure and 85 ballots against.

The bond issue’s approval will add approximately $4.5 million to the $3.5 million already allocated for the project.

The idea of a community center and water park in White Hall has been in the works for several years. A survey was conducted to determine what kind of facility residents would like to see, and the survey results were used to help shape plans for the project.

In recent months, an area of land at the intersection of Dollarway and Hoadley roads was cleared to make way for construction, but additional funding needed to be approved In order for construction to begin.

White Hall Mayor Noel Foster said that working toward making the community center and water park a reality has been a pleasant experience.

“The city aldermen have been a key component in this endeavor,” said Foster. “I have sought their advice and gotten their input,” Foster said.

Foster said he was confident the bond issue would be approved in Tuesday’s special election.

“This is what the citizens of White Hall said they wanted,” Foster said.

According to the mayor, city officials, designers and architects decided to proceed with planning as of the measure would pass in order to maintain timelines. Because of that continued attention, Foster predicted that the city will begin advertising for construction bids within a week. At least part of the facility may be open to the public within the next year.

Foster said the community center and water park will be a “family friendly place” and it will be “well maintained.”

To see what the city has planned for the center, visit www.youtube.com and search “White Hall Recreation Park” to watch a five-minute video highlighting some of its proposed features.