Washington Y to manage community pool
A few items were added to the agreement, but the Washington City Council approved a management service agreement between the Washington Community Y and the city for the Steele Family Aquatic Center.
The issue had been tabled during the Jan. 22 meeting to allow further negotiation. On Tuesday, city attorney Kevin Olson said that a revised agreement had been received and the Y’s counsel had approved the changes made. Olson said there weren’t any substantial changes. Council member Bob Shellmyer also requested a few other items.
Shellmyer said that the Y would have to rely on city parks director Tim Widmer a lot during the first year of operation. He asked that Widmer be on the committee that would hire the manager for the aquatic center.
“If he is your go-to guy and he doesn’t get along with your manager, then there is a big problem for the Y and the city,” Shellmyer said.
Y director Becky Harkema said that there had already been plans to include Widmer in the decision on who to hire as the manager. She also said that one of the main reasons the Y wants to take over management is to relieve the workload Widmer has. She said that Shellmyer’s condition was acceptable.
According to the contractor, Harkema said, Widmer would serve as the Certified Pool Operator (CPO). She said the Y already has one, but his duties are to work with the Y’s pool and two hot tubs. The CPO is responsible for treating the water with chemicals and has to be certified for the position. Harkema said that the pool staff will do the daily readings and report the results to Widmer. Kyle Wellington of the city’s water department is also a CPO in case Widmer is unable to do the work, city administrator Brent Hinson said.
Shellmyer also questioned a paragraph of the contract discussing quality requirements for the Y.
The contract is for one year of management with a two-year extension. All the council members present voted to approve the agreement. Council member Russ Zieglowsky was not present at the meeting.
During the public comment section of the meeting, Don Pfeiffer had requested the council approve the agreement.
In other business, the council:
• heard a report from the Washington Cable Television Commission;
• approved a payment of $2,000 to compensate Luke Waste Management for honoring bulky item tags. Shellmyer opposed the action;
• approved purchasing a truck for the water treatment plant;
• approved the strategic priorities work plan;
• approved authorizing banking access;
• approved authorizing banking access for the Washington Community Airport;
• authorized Internet banking; and
• approved a resolution authorizing assessment to taxes.