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5/12/2017 10:06:00 AM
Pool, bath house roof upgrades OK'd by council
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The Robinson city pool has some upgrades coming soon.

During Tuesday's city council meeting several shelter and furniture items were approved, most notably for the bath house.

The building has always been a part of the city pool and has sustained some damage to its roof over the years. Parks Superintendent Mike Shimer and Alderman Rick Lowe believed that instead of patching the roof up it would be better to build a new roof.

"We prefer that we get the easiest, safest roof to put on the building," Lowe said.

A parks committee meeting held recently approved bringing this measure, including the roof design, to the council but some questions still remained. Those questions were discussed during the meeting with some members fearful of putting the aforementioned roof on.

Aldermen Gene Sinclair and others expressed that the roof would be dangerous for volunteer workers to construct. Lowe had the same concern as he described the challenges the volunteers would face.

"It's a steep roof and to be able to place the metal roofing on, they would have to lean over the beams," Lowe said.

With that in mind the council came up with the idea of a standing seam roof - a much safer design - to be placed on the building. The motion was unanimously approved.

Shimer's request for new pool furniture, including tables, lounge chairs and umbrellas was also approved. This budgeted item will cost $4,500.

Meanwhile, the Crawford County Health Department has recommended new filters be installed at the pool. Shimer said the pool has used the same ones for 25 years. Replacements cost $9,600. Spear Corporation, based in Putnam County, Ind., will provide the filters.

The wading pool on the south end of the complex will have company. The council approved the construction of a new shelter near the pool for afternoon parties. This project will cost $10,800.

Other recreation department purchases also were approved by aldermen Tuesday.

Lowe's request for EZ-GO equipment replacements for the city's parks were approved. Lowe said these replacements are very well needed and were budgeted for $3,000. Shimer was able to find a cheaper bid from Little Egypt in Salem for $2,595.

Baseball and softball season has begun but with tournaments beginning this summer, the ball diamond will need more equipment to keep the field in good shape for all the games played during the day and evening. The council approved the motion to purchase a field rake diamond machine for $12,000.

Robinson's hottest new sport - pickleball - continues to bring in new players to the city park everyday, Shimer said.

The number of lessons and games continue to grow on a daily basis, which means a second court may be needed to keep up. Shimer and Lowe's request for a new court, to be installed next to the one built last year, was approved by the council.

Construction cost will be $24,850, but the city will have to pay only $9,850. The remaining $15,000 has been donated.

Shimer also informed the council that pool season passes will go on sale Monday.

Christmas was also on the agenda Tuesday.

Winter may be months away, but the time has come for the city to cover the second half of its commitment to the Crawford County Revitalization and Beautification Committee for the Christmas season. The committee displays all the Christmas decorations around Robinson during the holiday season and the past commitment calls for the city to purchase more to continue that tradition. At the request of Alderman John Birkofer, the council approved purchase $14,996 worth of decorations for the committee.

"This enhances the city and it's long overdue," Birkofer said.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick announced some of the city's lift stations have been inspected to determine if any replacements are needed.

"We've identified the prison lift stations as being the neediest of replacing pumps and valves," Quick said.

Advertisements for the station's retrofit must be turned into city hall by 10 a.m. Friday, June 2.

The council also approved a motion to receive all advertisements for a street sweeper on the same day at the same time.

Advertisements for street maintenance bids must be turned in by 10 a.m. Friday, June 9. City Engineer Jeff Hillard told the council that the funding for these projects are set, with $55,447 coming from general funds and $79,180 being funded by TIF grants.

In other business, the council:

• Agreed to send Kyle Boyd and Eric Shidler to Olney for safety training.

• Purchased OEM parts for parson bar screen at a cost not to exceed $25,000.

• Hired part-time street department help.

• Tabled an item regarding parking at 201 N. Jackson until June.

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