Pataskala City Council heard a report July 18 that residents of the city expect to come before council in the next month with a plan to open the city pool, which has been closed for the past two years because no organization has been willing to operate it.

Pataskala City Council heard a report July 18 that residents of the city expect to come before council in the next month with a plan to open the city pool, which has been closed for the past two years because no organization has been willing to operate it.

Jeni Ashbrook, parks and recreation advisory board chair, said volunteers hoped to raise money during the city street fair in August.

"We have some really positive dialogue to open the pool in 2012," Ashbrook said.

Any proposal would address the responsibility for operating and capital expenses, Ashbrook said.

"We have issues such as the pump not having been run," Ashbrook said. "Every pool person we've had come out has said it is in good shape and should be fine, but it's a 'what if.' What if they raise all this money and then later they open up and two weeks in, the pump blows up?"

Other decisions about the pool include the possibility of having to spend $8,000 to purchase a permanent cover and winterizing and cleaning up the pool.

"It's like a trampoline," Ashbrook said of the pool cover. "It would be very secure. No one could get in underneath it."

However, if an organization is going to open the pool, such a cover may not be necessary.

"Eight thousand dollars is a lot of money," Ashbrook said.

She also reported that some residents were complaining about large dogs running loose in Foundation Park.

"It's a little scary," Ashbrook said.

Council member Bernie Brush said the city has an existing ordinance and violations of that ordinance should be established before any changes are made.

"We have an ordinance that says as long as the dogs are under control, that is what's allowed," Brush said. "There are a lot of parks in Columbus where they allow dogs in parks. The fact that it takes an older dog a while to come out of the woods does not mean it is not under control."

Ashbrook said she had reports of dogs jumping on people.

"They'll jump up on you and that's a little scary," Ashbrook said. "I've never had that happen to me, but I've had people say that."

Council member Dan Hayes said the city should look into establishing a dedicated dog park.

"It seems to me the best way to approach this is to create a park that is a dog park, and it should not be one where we have a bunch of youth soccer teams," Hayes said.

Council member Barb Triplett asked for a report from the city administration about dogs in the parks.

"Rather than just sitting here and hashing and discussing it, we need to have the administration find out what rules are in place and do a little research to find out when the 'no dogs allowed' signs went up," Triplett said. "Was that just willy-nilly or did someone actually do something? Sitting here and throwing out our opinions is not going to do anything."