The City Council is forging ahead with efforts to build a new swimming pool/recreation complex, despite objections from one council member who questions the validity of surveys showing support for the project.

The council agreed Tuesday to adopt the swimming pool/recreation complex proposal and to hire Deseret Architects to draft preliminary plans for the project.Council member Crosby Mecham objected to moving ahead with the project, calling a survey indicating residents support the project suspect.

Mecham voted against moving ahead with the project.

But Mayor B. Kay Hutchings said public hearings that will be held in connection with a bond election to fund the project will give residents an opportunity to voice support or opposition to the proposal.

The council will talk with its bond counsel before scheduling public hearings and a bond election, which could take place in June.

The city estimates the complex will cost $2.13 million to build and $186,000 per year to maintain and operate. Repayment of the 15-year general obligation bonds would necessitate a tax increase of $24 on a $50,000 home.

The complex, which would be located on 11-acres owned by the city at 400 North and Center Street, would take about 20 months to design and build.