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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 20, 2017

Changes in Winfield coming with the new year

Aug 11, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

In planning for the unveiling of a new swimming pool in Winfield in 2018, the community pool’s attendance and revenue for this summer was discussed during the Winfield City Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Along with the new pool will be new umbrellas, a state-of-the-art first aid kit, backboards, whistles and a pool safety life hook, which was purchased with a $6,000 county grant.

The pool was crowded with 45 students during the last summer school “fun day” at the pool. This was the busiest day of the year for the community pool, with lower numbers suspected to be caused by the cooler temperatures, people on vacation and Iowa fairs. The pool has closed and sent life guards home early several times during the month of August.

Even with the slower business, the Parks and Recreation Department hopes to keep the pool open until Labor Day, ending the summer with a community-wide free swim day. Next week is the last full week of regular hours before switching to weekend-only until Labor Day.

Winfield City Council also discussed Pine St. becoming one-way traffic for school safety concerns. Although some community members were concerned about the flow of traffic if it were changed to a one-way street, the council maintained that it will be safer for students. The traffic will flow east.

“It might take a couple days or a week or two to get the rhythm down, but I think it’s necessary,” council member Tom Rodruck said.

The request for the safety ordinance came from several concerned parents.

Mayor Chris Finnell said a telepharmacy might actually come to Winfield. A pharmacist, who is starting pharmacies in Northern Iowa, is expected to do the same in Winfield. The town has been working toward a pharmacy for the past three years, and at one point had a location rented. This time, having a telepharmacy in town finally “sounds promising,” Finnell said. The pharmacy is expected to be in business January 2018.

The next regularly scheduled Winfield City Council meeting will take place Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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