Lansing swimming pool still in need of lifeguards; Decisions by FEMA causing issues for projects

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in its regular session Monday night, May 1. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council discussed the problem with hiring lifeguards and other personnel for the City swimming pool this season. It was reported that only three lifeguard applications have been received and it was felt that 10 lifeguards would be needed in order to make the pool operational at optimal safety. Those involved say time is running short, but they remain hopeful that more applications will be received prior to the swimming season.

The Council reviewed applications received for the City mowing jobs. Street Superintendent Ken Ripp said he had interviewed two of the applicants and had reached out to the others but had not received responses. After discussion, the Council agreed to hire Logan Flack and Nathan Troendle at $10 per hour pending results of the routine drug screening required. Ripp said Dick Roeder and Dave Pleasants have agreed to help out as well.

The Council approved a request from Tim and Pam Delaney to remove a tree at the corner of Diagonal and Third Streets for driveway access prior to building a house on that lot. The Council approved the request pending obtaining a building permit.

Mayor Mike Brennan reported there is a snag related to the Shaw Street repairs. Brennan said FEMA is now stating  they will not pay for the 48" culverts even though FEMA had asked for a hydrology study which  proved the need for 48" culverts. They are also asking for an environmental study for that project. The Mayor has expressed his dismay to FEMA and has asked for further consideration.

FEMA has also informed the Council that an environmental study needs to be done on the Clear Creek stream project behind the Red Barn Resort and Campground and that the current design may not be allowed. That latest suggestion puts the to-date $15,000 engineering fee for the design work of the project at risk.

Heath Draeger, People Service Representative, reported the need for Fourth Street lift station replacement valves.  The Council approved a bid of $7,096.68 from Quality Plumbing in Mason City for replacement of the valves.

In other business, the Council reviewed and approved a "Photography by Theresa" request to take summer recreation photographs. The Council also approved a mold inspection for the City Hall at a cost of $300.

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