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Providence councilman: There are resources to save Davey Lopes pool


THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / BOB BREIDENBACH The pool at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center Monday.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / BOB BREIDENBACH
The pool at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center Monday.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / BOB BREIDENBACH Providence City Councilman Davian Sanchez, at podium, and local resident and pool advocate Leah Williams Metts hold a press conference in front of the center Monday. They are trying to save the pool from Mayor Taveras's plan to fill it with cement.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / BOB BREIDENBACH
Providence City Councilman Davian Sanchez, at podium, and local resident and pool advocate Leah Williams Metts hold a press conference in front of the center Monday. They are trying to save the pool from Mayor Taveras’s plan to fill it with cement.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / BOB BREIDENBACH R.I. state Sen. Harold Metts also spoke in favor of saving the pool at the news conference Monday at the Davey Lopes center.

THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL / BOB BREIDENBACH
R.I. state Sen. Harold Metts also spoke in favor of saving the pool at the news conference Monday at the Davey Lopes center.

Local resident and pool advocate Leah Williams Metts, speaking, and Providence City Councilman Davian Sanchez, left, held a news conference in front of the Davey Lopes Recreation Center Monday. They are trying to save the center's pool from Mayor Angel Taveras' plan to fill it with cement.

Local resident and pool advocate Leah Williams Metts, speaking, and Providence City Councilman Davian Sanchez, left, held a news conference in front of the Davey Lopes Recreation Center Monday. They are trying to save the center’s pool from Mayor Angel Taveras’ plan to fill it with cement.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hours before city officials are to open bids on the cost of filling the Davey Lopes city pool with cement, Councilman Davian Sanchez reiterated there are resources to fix the pool and called Mayor Angel Taveras’ move political retaliation for Sanchez’s failure to support Taveras’ budget proposal.
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Asked to elaborate on the claim that the pool closure was political payback, Sanchez said the mayor had delivered the message through a member of his administration that he should vote for the budget.

Sanchez made his announcement in front of the Davey Lopes pool flanked by fellow council members, state legislators and community leaders Monday, saying there’s no reason to close the pool because there are resources to fix it. The Black Contractors Association of Rhode Island has offered to help fix the pool, Sanchez said, and Republican Party officials had also offered to make a contribution. In addition, he said, the city has about $100,000 from the Community Development Block Grant federal Program.

City officials opened bids at 2 p.m. The low bid came in at $36,500.

BY TATIANA PINA AND MARIA ARMENTAL
Journal staff writers

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