Pool issues dominate council meeting

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By Katie Zerr –

Saying information printed in a story in the Nov. 14 edition of the Mobridge Tribune was untrue and information on a pool liner system he offered to Mayor Jamie Dietterle was ignored and rejected, Kim Ulmer addressed the demolition of swimming pool at the Monday, Nov. 19.

He said he had never presented information concerning the liner system to the Pool Committee that he had only “stopped in at a meeting on Wednesday night.”

He went on to say that he had contacted Dietterle four times and asked him to review information on the Natari Company and the liner systems they offer, but he was ignored and rejected. Ulmer said the statement Dietterle made about the pool walls caving in was also a false statement.

“How can you disagree with me if you never looked at the information?” he asked. “I told you that you could save a million dollars for the taxpayers.”

He said the information about the cost of the renovation that Dietterle presented in the story was false. Dietterle said the liner system that had been researched would have cost the city $250,000. Ulmer said that was a false statement.

“Where is your research? I gave you guys the information. The liner system that you got cost  $79,000,” he said. “You have a $160,000 false statement there.”

Dietterle also stated replacing the pump and pump house would cost probably another $250,000. Ulmer said this was a false statement. He said the cost of replacing the pump was $5,000.

“How come you don’t present truth to these people before you tear the pool out,” he said. “This is all false information, you guys destroyed a quarter of a million asset to this community, and I was just trying to help you.”

Ulmer said the council had destroyed the community’s pool and wasted a lot of taxpayer’s dollars.

He then went on to say he would work with the city for the future and donate land he owns near Highway 12, next to Tiger Stadium for a new pool. He suggested that thousands of people drive by on the highway and it would make the pool a destination for visitors.

He then asked if the plans to build a new pool “were set in stone.” He said he would like to help build an indoor aquatics center for the community.

Ward I Councilwoman Rose Henderson, who is on the pool committee, asked members of the committee who were present at the meeting to address the offer of the land next to Tiger Stadium for the site of the new pool.

Four members of the committee, Val Ford, Heather Overland, Mary Fried and Heather Stoick, told the council the reason the new pool will be built on the site of the former pool is because it is centrally located for the children of the community. It is near the school where the summer lunch program for area families is administered and that it is in the middle of the ball fields at which the children have their summer programs. They said it is easy for the kids to go to ball practice, have lunch at the school and then go to the pool. One of the other reasons the committee chose to keep the pool in that location is that it has been there for 50 years and they thought that is where the new pool should be constructed.

Ford said the cost of the indoor facility, the time it would take to construct and the cost of manning the pool with guards and maintenance of an indoor facility were also concerns of the committee.

Henderson asked Ulmer why he would like the pool constructed on land near the stadium. He told her that it was a good location to bring people off the highway to the facility and make it a destination spot.

He then said if the city didn’t want to consider his proposition he would just keep the land.

Signs for sale barn

Jason and Tigh Anderberg and Casey Perman of Mobridge Livestock Auction addressed the council with their concerns about the railroad crossing and the impact on their truck traffic. They said they liked the road, but would just like a little more help with new signs showing truckers the route to the sale barn.

They told the council there are trucks coming to the facility 24-hours a day and sometimes those who have never been to the sale barn could not find it.

Dietterle told them City Administrator Steve Gasser and Todd Goldsmith of Goldsmith and Heck Engineering have been working with the South Dakota Department of Transportation to ensure any signage used on federal land meets all of the requirements. Gasser said because the facility is a business, the DOT would not allow signage in the right-of-way to mark the way to the sale barn.

“We are trying to help you guys as much as we can,” said Dietterle. “You have been very patient with us on this and we want to help the best we can on this issue.”

He said the blue signs marking small businesses along highways are no longer available because of federal regulations, and the other state signs must be tourist related.

There are options that he is exploring and the detour signs could stay up until the railroad project (closing the Fourth Street East crossing) was completed. He didn’t know how long that would take.

Perman also asked if it were possible that the yield signs on Lakeshore Drive at Revheim Road could be adjusted so that vehicles would yield to the trucks. He said when that incline is icy during the winter months, trucks that slowed down or stopped could not make it up the incline.

Dietterle told them the city would make that area a priority if the county agrees to it and make sure it is sanded regularly to prevent ice build up, because those are county roads.

Both parties agreed they would continue to work on the problems until it can be resolved.

– Katie Zerr –

 

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