Hilliard officials have renamed the Hilliard East Family Aquatic Center the Clyde "Butch" Seidle Community Pool in memory of the city's former service director who died March 2.

The pool is at 4450 Schirtzinger Road.

Hilliard City Council on March 18 voted 6-0 to adopt a resolution that was effective immediately upon its passage.

The city had announced Seidle's retirement Feb. 8, and it was effective March 1. He had served as service director since 2004.

Beth Simon, programs director for the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department, told City Council on March 11 that Seidle deserved the honor for his "level of commitment" to the city, especially concerning his guidance of the renovation underway at the facility that now bears his name.

The $3 million project, which includes a new building, is on track for completion by June 1, the scheduled opening date for the pool, said Anna Subler, communications administrator for Hilliard.

"The new building will serve as a bathhouse, front office, lifeguard lounge, family restroom, shaded seating area and food-and-beverage space," she said.

The exterior of the building is up and the interior framing is complete, Subler said.

The filter room, bathrooms and office are finished and construction of the lifeguard lounge is underway, she said.

Council President Kelly McGivern called the renaming "a fitting tribute."

As an administrative action, the renaming of the pool did not require City Council's approval, said communications director David Ball said.

But McGivern said March 18 that council nevertheless wanted to take formal action to rename it.

In related news, council member Les Carrier suggested on March 11 the city create a policy concerning the naming of public facilities.

"How do we say 'yes' for one but 'no' for another? I understand (Seidle's) commitment and dedication, but where does (the naming) stop or begin?" said Carrier, who was absent March 18.

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