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Pool updates discussed in Armstrong

By Staff | Jun 4, 2008

The Armstrong City Council meeting began with two updates on the new aquatic center.

Denny Mathiason, who is in charge of renovations to the pool house, said that the cement will be poured on the north side of the pool on Saturday, depending on the weather. Mathiason also would like volunteers to help strip shingles, reshingle the pool house, and put windows in on Saturday. The shingles, windows, and doors are scheduled to be delivered Friday. Volunteers may contact Connie Thackery at city hall, 712-864-3535.

Next week, Mathiason plans on laying flooring, taking out some block walls, and putting in new doors.

One last piece of equipment needed is a water heater. Mathiason plans on getting an 80-gallon gas heater, which has the capacity to handle the eight to 10 showers in the pool house.

Angela Hannigan, Armstrong Aquatic Center manager, plans on making a handbook for the lifeguards, and was seeking input from councilmembers. Hannigan also sought input on costs of weekly and monthly memberships, which the council decided will be set at a later date, and whether or not to have summer swimming lessons. The tentative opening date for the pool is Monday, June 23.

Cami Paulson and Ron Wilson of the Armstrong Betterment Club gave an update on the Fourth of July activities. They were granted permission to close Third Street for the street dance on July 5, and to have a beer garden, as long as it is fenced in.

Paulson, who is in charge of the pool fundraising committee, also brought up the idea of having plaques made for those individuals who donated money to the aquatic center. It is undecided whether each donator will receive a plaque, or have their names listed on larger plaques based on amount donated.

Police Chief Craig Merrill brought up a concern about the intersection of Fourthth Avenue and Eighth Street because of children who live in the area. The council is hoping to work with the school to alleviate the traffic issue.

In other business, the council approved:

n An ordinance providing that general property taxes levied and collected each year on all property located within the urban renewal project area are used by the city in connection with the urban renewal redevelopment project.

n A recommendation for the planning and zoning commission to change current residential zoning in out lot 25 to commercial.

n The liquor license and Sunday sales for the VFW, and a one-day beer license for the Armstrong Betterment Club for July 5.

n Appointments of Cathy Pierce and Shirley Lubenow to the Armstrong Library Board.