[Monett Times] Mostly Cloudy ~ 59°F  
High: 75°F ~ Low: 48°F
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

Pierce City swimming pool now open

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's a relief for Pierce City sunbathers and water babies to finally have the Pierce City Municipal Pool open for use. Repairs delayed the pool's opening until the July 4th weekend, but area residents are now able to beat the heat of summer with cooling water sports and activities. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts]
The Pierce City Municipal Pool is up and running well, according to Mayor Allen Stockton, however the baby pool will be closed for the season.

Stockton said he had received several calls from parents not wanting the baby pool to be renovated into a splash play area, an option aldermen had considered earlier this year.

Pool hours are Sunday through Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. The pool is managed under a contract with the Monett Area YMCA.

In the meantime, Stockton said he would inquire about installing another lifeguard stand closer to the baby pool in an effort to reduce the city's insurance premiums.

Stockton also received information that one of the Branson city pools had decided to install a water slide, and the pump they were currently using was no longer adequate for their needs. The pump, strainer and motor are only a month old, and he requested permission from aldermen to purchase the equipment at a cost of $4,200. That request was approved.

Stockton said the outside tanks at the pool still need to be removed, and he is looking at changing the door, adding floodgates and sandbags as part of the facility's winterization program.

In other business, Police Chief Mike Abramovitz told aldermen that Officer Tim Jones was in need of a protective vest. Abramovitz said there were grant funds remaining that would pay for a portion of the cost through Missouri Southern Uniform, and the city's portion of the cost would be $312. That request was approved.

Stockton said he would be interested in checking into retired or surplus Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicles as replacements for the city's two Chevy Impala patrol vehicles currently in use. The Impalas have had several mechanical problems.

In street and water reports, Stockton said that three leaks in the city had been located and repaired, but water accountability was still off.

"If we're losing what the wells say we are losing, they'd be running constantly," Stockton said. "I don't know where the glitch is, but we're working on it."

Jeff Riekhof, of Clearwater Environmental, LLC, of Springfield, was in attendance to report on wastewater issues.

Reikhof said all the lift stations in town needed degreased and flushed. He is hoping to schedule the fire department to assist in flushing accumulation from the lift stations.

Reikhof also reported that the hydrant flushing program was continuing on schedule. He said citizens in the northwest part of town had complained of sediment and rust-colored water, especially between Linzee and Elm along Morse. Reikhof indicated the lines are getting old and should be included in a replacement project.

In other business, aldermen also:

* Approved a request from the Pierce City Senior Center to assist in paving the public right-of-way at the center at a cost of $325.

* Approved disconnecting unnecessary phone lines at the wastewater plant and fire station.

* Appointed City Clerk Julie Johnson as a representative to the Lawrence County Enhanced Enterprise Zone with Stockton as an alternate.

* Approved a generator payment in the amount of $2,000.

* Discussed information on the addition of ultraviolet disinfection at the wastewater treatment plant.

* Discussed moving the railroad caboose from it's current location to a new spot near city hall within 60 days.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 at City Hall.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration:

© 2016 Monett Times, a division of Rust Publishing MOARCASS, L.L.C. All rights reserved.