Pool rates stay the same

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
   Swimmers and pool users of all ages got some good news out of the city council meeting Monday evening.
   On a 4-0 vote the aldermen moved to keep the pool prices the same as last year.
   An in-town family pass will again be $85. A rural family pass is $100. The in-town individual pass is $55 and a rural pass is $70.  The daily pass is $3. Children four years old and under will still get in for free with a paying adult. Lap swimmers will still pay only $2, and once again, a punch card is available, 10 daily passes for $30.
   City crews are still working to get the pool ready for the big summer splash; an exact opening date has not yet been set. The pool will be closed on June 27-28 for a swim meet.
   For more information about pool hours, swimming lessons or pool rental call the city office at 271-3623.
   Council members approved a building permit at 409 S. Michigan for a pagoda.
   During the public comment segment of the meeting, Terry Will was on hand to talk about a residence on 7th Ave. whose lot resembles a junk car lot. “It is becoming more and more of a distraction,” he said, noting the individual often works on vehicles after mid-night.”
   Mayor John Shevlin noted the city, along with Chief Gary Dent and a lawyer are working on the problem. “We had been led to believe neighbors didn’t object and that was wrong.” No action can be taken during the public comment segment.
   Will requested that he be put on the agenda of the next council meeting that will be June 1.
   The 4-H Shooting Sports Club was approved to have a fire works stand in the parking lot of G&D Hardware.
In other action, this concerning Whoop-Up activity, the council approved use of a garbage truck at the Lions Club breakfast and the rodeo grounds and blocking off Main St. for the children and general parades.
   It was noted that there will be no antique auto show during Whoop-Up. Possibly there will be one later in the summer.
   At 8 p.m. the regular meeting was adjourned for a public hearing concerning a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant).
   Cheryl Curry from the Port Authority said the purpose of the hearing was to get public comment and input. No one present had any comments on the grant possibility.
   The county would like to use the city‘s CDBG grant funding to defray costs of remodeling the Senior Citizen Center on Virginia St. Total cost for the project has been estimated to be between $800,00 - $900,000.
   The county has approximately $120,000 to put into the energy stage portion. The CDBG grant from the city would help set up offices for the county health department and Area on Aging. Mayor Shevlin noted that the city has written a letter of support for this project.
   After the public hearing, the regular meeting opened back up with the counting of employee ballots on a proposed health insurance program offered by the city.
   There were 23 ballots returned by employees with seven votes in favor of the proposed plan and 16 who voted to reject it.
   The mayor commented, “I thought the council presented a good starting point to the employees.”
   With that vote councilman Gary Brown moved to table any action on the health insurance program at this time.
   Councilman Wally McHenry noted, “This is not going to go away. The motion to table passed 3-1 with McHenry voting no.
   The council accepted a financial report from finance officer Agnes Fowler.
   The next regular meeting of the city council will take place on June 1, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street.