An additional $2,200 for pool expenses was approved by the Clintonville Common Council at a special meeting on June 25.
Previously, the council had approved $3,700 for Outdoor Municipal Swimming Pool repairs.
The repairs were delayed due to weather, according to City Administrator Lisa Kotter. She predicted the pool will be ready for use prior to the July 4 weekend.
Kotter noted the extra money will come from the Rec Center Building Fund.
Council member Mary Beth Kuester asked why the pool report wasn’t included in the board packet.
Mayor Judith Magee explained that the report was not included on the special meeting agenda. Also, she was waiting for more information.
The goal of the report was to get estimates for three pool repair/replacement options, Park & Rec Director Justin Mc Auly explained. These options, he said, varied from smallest cost, medium and a big fix to possibly replace the outdoor pool.
In order to be compliant with pool standards, a small fix probably wouldn’t be an option, noted council member Gloria Dunlavy.
“Can we afford this?” council member John Wilson asked.
He explained that he was in support of keeping the pool in Clintonville.
“I’m very strongly pro pool,” Wilson said. “There’s something about an outdoor pool. It’s a novelty and it’s major league stuff. Kids need to be outside.”
Council member Bill Zeinert said the pool area could provide a large opportunity for attracting more youth sports tournaments to Clintonville.
“I want the pool to stay,” council member Jerry Jorgenson said.
He noted that it could cost at least $1.1 million to replace the outdoor pool.
“There are lots of kids using it,” Jorgenson said.
The motion to increase the pool repair budget to $5,700 passed by a vote of 9-0.
Late liquor application
Council members questioned why a special meeting was called to approve operator’s licenses for five employees at Shopko.
“The sale of liquor is a privilege, not a right,” Kuester said. “This is a very serious responsibility.”
Magee explained that the application did not arrive prior to the council’s June meeting. Since all operator’s licenses expire annually on June 30, the next meeting on July 8 would be too late.
“This could not wait,” Magee said.
She noted that Shopko paid the $50 for a special meeting, as required by city ordinances.
“This is something that should have been known way in advance,” council member Jim Krause said. “It shows nothing to me on the part of management. I couldn’t run a business like that.”
Jorgenson spoke in defense of the late application.
“People are human – they forget,” he said.
The operator’s licenses were approved 8-1, with Kuester voting no.