The Family Aquatic Center is expected to open its 2019 season in May following action taken by the City Council on April 8. The Council approved the hiring of Madison DeWitt and Danielle Hakeman, who will share the duties of managing the facility. Rylee Sash was hired to fulfill the duties as assistant manager.

The Council also set the fee schedule for the 2019 season, which includes rates for daily admission, full season single, double and family passes, pool parties, swim lessons, lap swim and water aerobics. In 2019, the rates for pool parties have been changed. Last year’s rate of $60 per hour has been increased to $75 per hour for Family Pool Pass patrons and $100 per hour for those without a Family Pool Pass.

The City is still seeking lifeguards for the 2019 season. At this time, staffing numbers are similar to last year, which means unexpected closures of the facility could occur on days without a sufficient number of available lifeguards. Last month, the City Council approved an additional incentive for prospective lifeguards, offering reimbursement of all certification fees over a two year period, provided certain provisions are met. Applicants interested in working the 2019 season should contact City Hall at 342-3396 as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to earn lifeguard certification.

In other business, the Council received a quarterly report from FFA Historical and Ag Museum Director Emily Nelson, who presented an overview of the museum’s development of a strategic plan. The next step in the planning process is a community survey to get input on how the Museum can better serve the community as well as define their role in the community. The Museum will host a dinner on May 1st to start to promote the survey.