Darlington City Council to discuss pool re-opening

By Kyle Grainger - bio | email

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) –The Mayor of Darlington wants the city pool to be a safe place for kids to enjoy again, so he is holding a meeting to talk about the investigation results into the drowning of two teenage boys.

Mayor Tony Watkins says he was pleased with the results of the investigation which revealed the cities employees did nothing wrong.

Watkins says now he wants to bring all city council members up to speed on what the coroner's inquest on Thursday night showed.

After deliberating, the six member jury returned a verdict of accidental as the manner of which the two boys drowned.

"The investigation was comprehensive and complete," Watkins said. "I don't see a great need to go beyond that.  But council will discuss it and we will reach a conclusion about that."

The mayor called the special meeting for Thursday, in an effort to see if there are any changes council feels need to be made.  He will also address when the pool may re-open.

He says the pool has served its purpose for years as giving kids something to do during the summer, but he wants to make sure it's a safe place.

"I think that if we take a careful thoughtful approach to what we do in the future, we will best serve the community by going through that process," Watkins said. "We want to make sure there's nothing dangerous beyond that risk, and make sure that risk is manageable because we did everything we possibly could to ensure the safety of these individuals, but yet we know two individuals died."

The meeting is open to the public and is set for June 24 at 6 p.m. inside the Darlington City Council Chambers.

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