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Winfield council awards pool design contract

Jun 22, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WINFIELD — Paddock Enterprises of Oklahoma City, Okla., received the nod to design the new Winfield swimming pool. Ground will be broken for the new pool in September with the new pool scheduled to open on Memorial Day 2018.

Three firms submitted proposals to design the pool, and Mayor Chris Finnell recommended the council go with Paddock. “Paddock is in line with what we need,” the mayor said. “We would hire them to design off our conceptual design.”

Paddock will charge the city 9.5-percent of the awarded construction contract cost for its work. The firm is estimating that the new pool will cost approximately $1.2 million.

Lisa Rees, who heads the Winfield Community Development Group’s pool committee, said $796,000 of the committee’s $1.5M goal has been raised. Of that amount, nearly $42,000 has been gained through fund-raisers.

Much of Monday night’s council meeting centered on “pool talk.” Amber Scott, pool manager, said 22 family and two single pool memberships had been sold for the season, which began June 2.

Scott also said she had received a number of inquiries about a wellness hour at the pool. A wellness hour, Scott said, would be open only to people age 18 or over, or swimmers 16 years of age or older if accompanied by an adult. She said such an activity could also include water exercises and therapy. Scott asked that the wellness hour be on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-8 p.m. and the charge would be $5.

She also inquired about an adult swim night, to be occasionally hosted from 8 p.m.-midnight.

The council okayed the wellness hour but nixed the adult swim night due to possible alcohol and liability issues.

Scott also informed the council that a free swim on a recent Sunday attracted 70 swimmers to the pool.

Public Works Director Chad Venghaus’s request to purchase total road patcher was approved. The patcher costs $68,000.

“I know it is expensive, but it could be used on a lot of our streets,” Venghaus said. He said the machine does hot patching, so cold patching would no longer be used on streets.

Venghaus also said his department plans to do a house-to-house sump pump inspection soon.

Council members passed a salary resolution, granting city employees a 3-percent raise, effective July 1. A resolution also was passed, setting the salaries of lifeguards.

Finnell asked the council about paying council members for conference calls. Currently, council members are paid $40 per meeting. “State code allows pay for conference calls,” he said. “I think that if the call lasts longer than 15 minutes, we should pay council members for the meeting.”

Council member Jan Walter disagreed. “I have a difference of opinion,” she began. “If we can’t give up 15 minutes to the city…”

In other action, the council:

• Was informed that there are 82 children in the library’s summer reading program.

• Learned that the city’s new police car would be arriving in a couple of weeks.

• Approved extension of the contract with Access Systems for warranty on the server. The one-year warranty extension costs $255 per year.

• Approved a commitment from the city for the possibility of seeking a $400,000 loan if matching city funds are needed for a CAT grant for the swimming pool.

The Winfield City Council will meet next on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

 

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