Pool hours set; fees not yet settled

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

The hours of operation for the new Iola Municipal Pool were settled at Tuesday’s Iola City Commission meeting. Admission fees will take a bit longer to decide.
Commissioners agreed with a Recreation Advisory Committee recommendation that the pool should be open seven days a week, at least seven hours a day.
The pool will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with adult swim sessions from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Water aerobics classes also will be scheduled during the evening adult swim periods.
They told Recreation Director Luke Bycroft and advisory committee members to settle on admission fees for the pool. Bycroft brought two proposals to Tuesday’s meeting that differed slightly in rates for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 17.
Commissioners referred the issue back to Bycroft and the Advisory Committee.
“I feel comfortable in letting you decide what you think would work best,” Commissioner Craig Abbott told Bycroft.
Bycroft told the Register this morning the fees could be settled as early as today.
Much as they have done in years past, the city will sell $25 coupon books, but they will not sell season passes for 2009.
Bycroft explained that the Rec Department is implementing a new software system that will not be online until after the summer swim session has started.
“We don’t want to offer season passes, then turn around and have to change them after a year,” Bycroft said.
Bycroft also is considering a handful of open swim days, where no admission fees will be charged.
The pool, which was rebuilt after it was damaged in the 2007 flood, will open for the season on Memorial Day.
The new pool — built in the old pool’s footprint at Riverside Park — features a zero-depth entry area, a pair of detached water slides, an area dedicated to swim team competitions, sprinklers and other attractions.

COMMISSIONERS directed Assistant City Administrator Corey Schinstock to look into how the city could assist Nicolle Hoepker, owner of Kids Kingdom Day Care.
Hoepker is requesting the city install a pair of driveway approaches to the daycare center at 801 Kansas Ave.
The city has used its industrial fund to do similar projects for various industries. But the daycare center is a commercial business, not industrial, commissioners noted.
However, Hoepker said the Kids Kingdom facility was built with the understanding the building could be converted to an insdustrial site if it were to cease operations as a daycare center.
Schinstock wondered whether the city could assist Hoepker with concrete retaining walls to better control erosion to her driveway.

THE CITY will pay Williams Monuments about $17,330 to repair and reset grave stones in the veterans lot at Highland Cemetery.
Commissioners also directed Parks and Cemetery Superintendent Berkley Kerr to visit with engineers to determine if water drainage issues can be alleviated.
“If we’re only doing the stones without looking at the water, then it’s just a piece meal project,” Abbott said.
The work should take 30 to 45 days to complete, according to information from Williams.
Commissioners also ordered that a dilapidated house at 1201 N. Sycamore St. be demolished. The order came after nobody appeared at a hearing to refute the city’s contention that the house should be torn down.
Commissioners also agreed to host its annual employee health fair Nov. 11 to coincide with an inservice work day to discuss such things as safety training and health insurance issues.