The City of Jenkins will soon have its own public swimming pool for the first time in nearly 40 years.
A plan to build the pool with $100,000 in coal severance funds reimbursed to the city by the state was approved unanimously by the Jenkins City Council. The city has been assured it will also get another $75,000 from other funding sources for the project, said Mayor G.C. Kincer. The pool would be the first open to the Jenkins public since the closing of the old Kiwanis Club swimming pool on Goodwater Street.
Kincer said initial plans call for the pool to be located near the former location of a private pool operated by the old Elkhorn Country Club if the city is able to obtain the property from TECO Coal Co. through a land swap. Kincer said the trade would involve property the city owns near the LKLP Head Start center in Dairy Hollow.
Kincer told the Jenkins City Council he had spoken with former Mayor Robert “Pud” Shubert about the project, and that Shubert told him about the Dairy Hollow land. Kincer said he hopes to use part of that land to propose a trade for land close to the site of the old Elkhorn Country Club, which is well situated for morning and evening sun.
Kincer told the council he is working through the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) to find additional funding that would enable the city to build an important recreational facility without going into debt.
The old Kiwanis pool in Jenkins was located on Goodwater Street and was opened in 1948. It was one of the largest pools in the eastern United States and was locally famous for the cold mountain spring water that was initially used to fill the pool. The pool was finally closed in the 1970’s when it became impossible to maintain after many years of water freezing and creating cracks in the concrete.
Kincer also announced at last week’s meeting that Mayor Pro Tem Roger Proffit is leaving the area after being assigned by his employer, natural gas producer EQT, to a new job in Pittsburgh. Kincer praised Proffit’s service to the city and said he will be missed greatly.
The council also met in executive session to discuss the acquisition of property. After the session, Kincer said the council would make an offer on property at Lakeside belonging to the estate of the late Bert Fields. The site is near the Jenkins High School football field.