In a letter he sent to the mayor Tuesday, John Ryan, a member of TaxWatch, questioned the need for new pools. Instead, he suggested using Chapel Hill buses to shuttle people to Triangle Sportsplex in Hillsborough.
"We want to put those buses to work," Ryan said later. "It's a perfect match."
He said a new pool is unnecessary "if people aren't willing to use the buses to ride 20 minutes to it."
Waldorf said she would listen to Ryan's suggestions.
"I don't know if it's been tried," she said. "I think we ought to receive his suggestions with a very open mind and see what we can do with them."
Ryan also said a new pool is unnecessary because people are not using the Sportsplex.
"It's a gorgeous facility and it's empty," he said. "That seems a shame."
Waldorf did not comment on how much the Sportsplex is used.
"I don't know if that's a valid point," she said. "I haven't looked at any of the usage rates."