WAPELLO, Iowa — Wapello voters gave overwhelming approval to a bond issue, not to exceed $750,000, to construct a new swimming pool in the community. The vote was 273 in favor and 57 opposed, a nearly 83 percent approval margin. The bond issue required a 60 percent approval margin.

Wapello Mayor Ron Durbin said the margin of victory was a surprise.

“None of us knew what to expect, (but) I think our folks went to the polls and told us what they want,” he said.

Durbin said although voters approved the referendum, the city council must still agree to move forward with the project.

“I don’t know if we have even thought that far,” he said.

Wapello Pool Board member Heidi McDonough said she was not expecting any problems gaining council approval for the project.

“I think (the pool board) has been honest with the community on the condition of the pool,” she said, adding the goal now is to have the new pool ready by next summer.

Durbin said that schedule might be possible, but “we will need some discussion first and then go from there.”

Meanwhile, McDonough said the pool committee will continue to push the project along.

“We’re thrilled with the community support. Now the hard work begins,” she said.