During their October 12 meeting the Globe City Council welcomed new Police Commander Charles Haines, a Police Department veteran of more than 20 years, who was promoted from lieutenant to fill the shoes of retired Commander A.J. Castaneda.

The council also gave the nod to expanded renovations of the Community Center swimming pool, aiming to reopen it by next summer, and paved the way for a new recreational marijuana dispensary to open.

Council members voted to approve a pool renovation contract with Structural Preservation Systems, not only for the basic repairs but also to add a scaled-down splash pad, zero entry, bulkhead, heater and swim team accessories.

“This has been a long time coming, so I’m excited to bring it back,” said Vice Mayor Mike Stapleton, who was on the council in 2014 when the pool was closed due to leakage issues. Stapleton called that decision one of the harder ones he has made.

Cost for the basic repairs was estimated at $1.28 million, an increase from the original $1.1 million estimate that was brought on by a rise in steel costs. The added features, presented in two packages, brought the total to  approximately $2.3 million, and the council’s decision was

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