At the recommendation of the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the City Council of La Porte City will consider making changes to its policy regarding when the Family Aquatic Center closes early due to low attendance. At its regularly scheduled meeting on September 11, the Council discussed maintaining a threshold of the minimum number of swimmers that must be present before closing the facility earlier than its scheduled time. In addition to the current policy on the minimum number of patrons needed before closing early, the Council also discussed keeping the facility be open for at least two hours before any attendance-related closing takes place.

The Parks & Recreation Commission has also proposed allowing patrons under 48 inches tall to use the water slide, provided they are sitting on the lap of a parent or responsible adult. The City Council will seek input from the City’s insurance agent on potential liability issues before taking any action on the Commission’s recommendations.

Hawkins Memorial Library Director, Jolene Kronschnabel, presented the annual library report. In the past year, patrons of Hawkins Memorial Library saved $225,515 by using the library instead of purchasing material outright. The library circulated nearly 24,000 items in the past twelve months and had 9,756 people participate in a library program.

The first reading of solid waste and recycling fees was approved by the Council. Residential customers will see no increase in their garbage rates. Commercial rates will increase. The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the Council’s September 15 meeting.

In other business, the Council approved the hiring of a new City Attorney, selecting Laura Folkerts of Dutton, Braun, Staack and Hellman.