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The closure of the former Orchard Mesa Middle School is prompting a conversation surrounding the fate of the Orchard Mesa Community Pool. On Wednesday, City Council members discussed the pool in executive session in order to “provide instructions to negotiators,” said Greg LeBlanc, senior assistant to the city manager. The pool is jointly funded by the city of Grand Junction, Mesa County and School District 51.

Several Orchard Mesa residents gathered Saturday to talk about what, if anything, they can do to help save their neighborhood pool, and they received some news that was unexpected, but encouraging.

Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart told about 50 people at the meeting that the city sent a letter Friday to the other two entities that jointly operate the pool — Mesa County and School District 51 — proposing to jointly pay for the repairs needed to keep the facility open.