CANEY — This summer is proving to be hotter than ever for the City of Caney and members of the Caney Community Betterment Group are getting ready to ride a wave of success as another project is becoming a reality.  

“Fred Gress just emailed me the attached approval letter for the grant for the new Caney swimming pool for $1 million,” said Caney Community Betterment Group President Danny Scott. “Please pray that there will not be any hitches in the environmental and other approvals.”

The letter, dated June 14, was addressed to Mayor Thomas Burk, Jr.  In it, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly made the big announcement the town and people involved in the project have been waiting to hear.  

“I am pleased to award the City of Caney a Neighborhood Center grant of $1,000,000 through the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program,” the letter read. “This award will provide the needed financing for your project.”

The letter went on to inform those involved of the next steps. “The Department of Commerce will be contacting your to outline the necessary steps for completing the grant agreement between the city and the state. This award is contingent upon successful completion of appropriate contractual conditions. The community Development Block grant program has been successful in meeting community needs for more than 35 years. Congratulations on developing a fine project that will help your community prosper!”

The city’s public swimming pool has been in a constant state of repair for years. Having been built over 60 years ago, the pool requires yearly refurbishing, lengthy searches for maintenance parts and does not comply with modern Americans with Disabilities guidelines. The pool was one of the initial projects the city’s improvement group agreed to take on.

The project has been a challenge, with the list of needs far outweighing the immediate funds available.  That was where collaboration and cooperation from many levels was needed. Scott was more than happy to share credit for this recent step forward. 

“Thanks Fred, the mayor, city council and all of you on the Pool committee and all who helped get the bond issue approved,” Scott said. “We sincerely appreciate your hard work on this project. PTL and Caney is ALIVE.”

It is anticipated that details as to the project will be a topic of discussion at both the city’s council meetings and future meetings of the Caney Community Betterment Group. Both meet monthly at the Caney City Hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend both.