4/23/2013 12:38:00 PM West Concord City Council agrees to pool fees, changes
By Nan Babcock
The West Concord city council approved the municipal swimming pool schedule and rates for the summer season at their April 18 meeting.
Pool manager Glenda Andrews said the pool is scheduled to open the last week in May, after Memorial Day weekend, since school will be out for the summer at that time. Season passes this year will cost $64-individual and $106-family until June 12, when the price will go up to $74-individual and $124-family.
For swimming lessons, the first session sign-up starts June 12 and second session sign-up begins July 17. People who want to register for lessons may either call or come to the pool, she said. Lesson dates are: first morning session-June 17 to 21, first evening session-July 8 to 12, second morning session-July 22 to 26 or 22 to 31, and second evening session-August 5 to 9.
Glenda told council members West Concord's water safety program has always been under the Red Cross, but that organization has been challenged with so many disasters that they are concentrating on disaster needs and giving less emphasis to their water safety program. As a result, it has become much more difficult and costly to do business with them in regard to water safety issues, so Glenda recommended continuing to offer the same high quality swimming lessons without the official label of Red Cross. She has been in contact with other people in pool management who have taken this path, and believes it's the best way to go. Council members had no problem with making the change.
West Concord's city parks will be the beneficiaries of the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Cardinal Club on May 4. Council member Karen Peterson is the Park and Rec committee representative, and said there's a lot of maintenance and upgrading needed on the play equipment. The committee would also like to install signs on Hwy. 56 to let people know the locations of the parks.
The "Park Party" will be at the Historical Society with dinner by Omar's Cafe from 5 to 7 p.m., a silent auction from 5 to 7:30, and games and prizes from 5 to 9. Advance tickets are available at City Hall and Farmers State Bank.
Council member Al Gilbert said a new fire truck has been ordered, and delivery is expected in August. City Administrator Kay Hanson said the cost was approximately $260,000 including upgrades and equipment.
Maintenance supervisor Keith Clammer gave the council cost information on having an outside firm come in and sweep the streets. It doesn't need to be done every year, he said, but he would like to see it put on a maintenance schedule to be done every few years. The council members approved making arrangements with Owatonna Groundmasters at $96 per hour and authorized the streets committee to make the final arrangements.
City Engineer Joe Palen said council members should plan on doing property acquisition for the West Main improvement project slated for summer 2014. The design process can be done in the fall, with bidding to begin in January.
In other business, the council agreed to proceed with repairs to the walk-in cooler at the municipal liquor store at a cost of about $3000, and approved a permit for off-site gambling for the West Concord Historical Society.
The Board of Appeal and Equalization will meet at city hall at 6 p.m. on Wed. May 1. Property owners should attend if they believe the classification or valuation of their property is incorrect.
The next meeting of the city council will be May 16.