By ROGER W. BONHAM
Arthur Community Swimming Pool should be ready to open on Memorial Day, May 27, according to J.J. Carter, superintendent of Arthur parks.
Fourteen lifeguards, including two head lifeguards, are ready to start, Carter told Arthur Community Park District Board of Commissioners on Monday evening
The board approved a wage increase for the lifeguards and discussed cleaning up the concrete floor of the pool house and on both sides of the pool and how to provide some shading for patrons.
The commissioners approved a 50-cent per hour pay increase for the lifeguards. There was discussion concerning how to handle a mandate that would require workers to make the minimum wage in the future.
The pay increase was approved on a 3-0 vote with commissioners Kevin Long, Benny Durbin, and Dan Miller voting. Park board president Tim Likens abstained from voting on the pay increase because his daughter is one of the employees.
Carter said the existing blue paint on the concrete floors is chipping off, which presents a problem for barefooted swimmers.
He estimated the concrete could be repainted for around $2,000. The board authorized him to check with painting contractors and get prices.
The board also authorized Carter to purchase some umbrellas to be placed on the sides of the pool.
The board will be looking into adding U18 soccer next spring. This age group participates in many tournaments. Teams raise money by hosting tournaments and sustain themselves and enter tournaments elsewhere with the funds.
Tim Likens, park board president, said he would like to look into the possibility of having some of the older players, like U18, if a program is created, to volunteer to officiate games for the younger groups.
Carter said there has been a problem with jerseys purchased for the soccer program from an out-of-town supplier. As a result, jerseys this year will be purchased from Pinnacle Point Graphics, a locally owned and operated business.
Terri Stutzman is this year’s soccer program coordinator. Commissioners commented that she is doing a good job with the program.
Carter added that the summer ball league program is about to begin playing games. He planned to pass out shirts and hats on Tuesday of this week. Games are set to begin next week, he added.
Commissioners said this is at least one week earlier than usual.
The park district has had a 20-year lease agreement with the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair Board for years. Although it is a 20-year lease, the park board renews the agreement annually, so it is perpetually good for 20 years.
The board on Monday evening approved the agreement with the fair board.
Commissioners approved entering into a contract for internet service through Home and Farm Solutions. The service covers Eberhardt and Jurgens parks plus the swimming pool.
In the future, the district will add security cameras in the parks through the internet service.
Installation of the equipment to provide the service cost $429.96 more than the board had originally approved. The actual cost was $2,929.96. The board had approved $2,500. On Monday they approved the extra $429.96.
Next regular park board meeting will be Monday, June 10, at Brad-O-Clen, located northwest of Arthur. Meetings are open to the public.