Council hears update on pool project


Answering questions on the safety of the new pool design and other questions, Jay Koch of Helms and Associates met with the Mobridge City Council Monday, April 1, to address the issues.

He explained the new design, which showed a pared- down version of the concession stand, with less office space, but the dressing rooms and bathrooms stayed the same size as in the original design. He also explained, because of information received at a public meeting held concerning the project, changes in the angle of the lap pool.

“There seemed to be an interest in swim meets in the future,” he said. “We rotated the slide drop area so the fans and coaches and walk back and forth to follow the action.”

He said the change doesn’t change the cost of the project, but makes it easier for spectators to attend meets.

He explained the zero gravity pool, where the play equipment will be located, is also the handicapped entry into the lap pool. The area gently slopes from zero to three feet at the neck of the pool. That area will be secured with a rope, but a bulkhead can be added if the city preferred.

Councilwoman Amy Cerney requested he address information that the pool design is dangerous for toddlers because it can create a vortex that could sweep them into the larger pool and deeper water.

Koch told the council the engineers who designed the pool said there is no possibility of children being pulled by the current into deeper water.

“From the engineer’s standpoint it just doesn’t happen,” he said. “Why it happened with the other system is that they had a slide that dropped off right before that neck. They also had a big play structure with slides coming from the other direction that also pushed water into that neck. That absolutely created that vortex effect. We just don’t have that because all of our water sprays up and down and doesn’t create any current that is going out to that area.”

He said the same design was used in Winner, Britton and Oakes, N.D., and there were no issues with this problem at any of those pools.

He said the design would allow all of the water in the pool to be recirculated every two hours through heat systems, which keeps the water from cooling down.

The depth of the lap pool, Kock told the council, is fairly standard. He said putting the diving well in the same area of the lap pool it would save money.

Kock said the pool meets the FEMA standard certification for full competition. He said the firm would do the paperwork required  for certification.

Koch was asked about the time frame of cleaning the water in case of an accident. “We can re-circulate the water in the zero entry pool in two hours and in main pool it is six hours,” he said. “We bring that down to four hours in the main area by upsizing that pump just a little bit to cut to four hours.”

He said there is no difference in the chlorination procedures for the zero entry pool compared to the main pool. The only difference how quickly the water has to recirculate.

Those chlorine levels have to be maintained to state standards, according the Councilman Tom O’Connell.


Tax properties

Councilman Gene Cox reported the combine county and city committee created to deal with tax deed properties inspected the two houses on Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue West. He said the squatters were evicted from one of the homes, which is according to the consensus of the committee, not habitable. That home will be torn down.

The second home, on the corner lot, can be saved and will be considered for rehabilitation if the purchaser follows the procedure. That includes a $5,000 returnable bond upon the completion of the project.

Cox said there are a number of abandoned vehicles in the fenced yard of the second home and because they are titled property, the county must follow certain procedures before getting rid of them.


Fuel truck

Mobridge Regional Airport manager Virgil Lenling and Mobridge businessman Kent Slater reported they had made the trip to Ohio to inspect the jet fuel truck the city is considering to purchase.

Lenling said the truck was in surprisingly good shape and that he and Slater checked out of the hoses, pumps and the hook ups, which were all in good working condition.

Slater told the council the truck looked better than he had expected.

“I crawled under it and all around and could not find any leaks or other problems,” he said. “If it were me and I was looking to buy it, I would spend that money on it.”

He said he didn’t see anything that would deter him from wanting the truck.

The council then decided to surplus the old truck and research the sale, whether as a whole or parts. Lenling said some of the parts of the truck, tow pumps and meters were expensive pieces of equipment, but the tank leaks.

East River Lumber and Grain, Inc., of Mobridge will transport the vehicle for $2,500.

The council approved the purchase of the truck, using the $25,000 budgeted for the purchase; $10,000 in designated funds; and $5,000 in fuel tax revenue. The cost of the Ohio trip, $1,400 and the $2,500 for transport will be taken from the council contingency fund.

They also approved to surplus the old truck for sale.

– Katie Zerr –

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