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Municipal pool to lower fees,
offer "Dollar Tuesdays"

by Dolores Hamilton
Swimmers will pay lower prices at the Municipal Swimming Pool and Spray Park this year, as well as be able to take part in numerous “Dollar Days” to be offered throughout the swim season.
At their Monday meeting the Iowa Park City Council approved the proposals of Parks Director Jason Griffith that include lowering the daily price of admission from $5 to $3, and the cost of an individual season pass from $60 to $35. The cost for private parties will remain the same, as well as the hours of operation. The pool and spray park will be open from May 26 through August 12.
There will also be “Dollar Tuesdays” where admission is $1 along with a designated donation. Griffith said, “Every Tuesday is Dollar Tuesday at the Municipal Pool and Spray Park.” Participants should bring the requested donation and admission is only $1 for the whole day, 12-noon to 8 p.m. First Tuesdays are Canned Food Day; Second Tuesdays are School Supply Day; Third Tuesdays are Pet Food Drive Day; and Fourth Tuesdays are Library Book Drive Day. Details will be given in future issues of the Leader.
“I think these are wonderful ideas,” Councilwoman Lori Shierry said. “Theme days help generate good causes,” replied Griffith.
Special days are also planned in which special groups will be able to participate for an admission fee of $1. These include military/veterans, first responders, educators, senior citizens, and all citizens. In addition, there will be several “Theme Days” with admission to the pool being $2.
A complete listing and dates of the special days will be printed in the Leader prior to the pool and spray park’s opening.
Griffith said they are looking at adding swim lessons and water aerobics if an instructor can be found.
A new rule has been added that says no chewing gum will be allowed on the premises. “We dig out a lot of gum from the filters and it gets down into the main filter where it is difficult to dig out,” Griffith explained.
Robert McCauley appeared before the council to ask for time to get his mobile home moved to another location. He is trying to sell his lot at 206 S. Jackson and move his mobile home, that doesn’t meet the spare foot requirements in the city’s Code of Ordinances, to a location outside the city limits. The council agreed to give him 90 days.
In a public hearing to determine if the manufactured residential structure at 410 N. Seneca should be declared a “Substandard Structure” and abated, the owner said she had taken out a building permit to do the work. Council voted to give her 60 days to make progress.
In the hearing for the manufactured residential structure at 206 N. Hawthorne, the owner was given 45 days to secure the building.
In public hearings for the mobile home-type structure at 310 E. Lafayette, and the detached garage and utility buildings at 314 E. Lafayette, the owners were given 60 days to show progress.
In hearings for the residential structures at 603 E. Ruby and 607 E. Ruby, they were found to be substandard structures that are being used for chicken coops. The owners, who were not at the meeting, were given 45 days to abate the structures.
In other business, Frances Leath was appointed election judge and Maxie Britt appointed alternate judge for the May 5 city/school election.
An ordinance was passed approving a tariff authorizing an annual rate review mechanism as a substitution for the annual interim rate adjustment process defined by the Texas Utilities Code, and as negotiated between Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division and the Steering Committee of Cities served by Atmos; requiring the company to reimburse cities reasonable ratemaking expense; adopting a savings clause; determining that this ordinance was passed in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meetings Act; declaring an effective date; and requiring delivery of this ordinance to the company and legal counsel for the Steering Committee.
Members of the Iowa Park Street Department were given special recognition at the meeting. In describing the work they do, City Manager Jerry Flemming said, “These guys often work behind the scenes. When they are not paving streets, they are working on the roadway to Lake Buffalo, doing site work for the new animal shelter, building maintenance, and maintaining the city’s drainage systems.During the recent ice storm, the crews were out working at 4 a.m. spreading salt and sand on the streets to help make them safe for traffic.”