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  • Girard city swimming pool issue fixed

  • The Girard city swimming pool was closed two days last week due to a chemical imbalance, but the problem has been rectified, according to Gary Emry, city administrator.



    “In my tenure here I’ve never had that issue before,” he told Girard City Council members during their regular meeting Monday night.

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  • The Girard city swimming pool was closed two days last week due to a chemical imbalance, but the problem has been rectified, according to Gary Emry, city administrator.
    “In my tenure here I’ve never had that issue before,” he told Girard City Council members during their regular meeting Monday night.
    There have been some problems with leaks in the pool, but Emry said those have been repaired.
    “I think the leaks are really doing well, but now we’re retaining water and it’s being exposed to this extreme heat  and the sun really bakes it out,” he said. “Soda ash is what you have to keep track of. Some rashes appeared on small children and we decided to close the pool.”
    Emry said that the pool manager had been putting some chemicals into the water and there is also an automatic chlorinator.
    “We had too many cooks in the kitchen is what it comes down to,” he said. “Now one person checks the balance daily and is responsible for the mixture. We did have straight chlorine injected into the pool, but we’re looking at the price of using a modified chlorine with additives to make it last longer.”
    Emry added that there’s also the problem of the pool not being cleaned properly of leaves and other debris, and the vacuum being used is antiquated and difficult to use.
    “I want to purchase an automated cleaner that you put into the pool at night and when you come back the next day, the pool is clean,” Emry said. “I think this will  help with some of the clogging and drainage issues.”
    The council approved purchase of the new pool cleaner at a cost of $4,800.
    Emry also reported on the proposed new building at the Girard Cemetery.  There had been some question about whether the building should be hooked up to  the sewer or have a septic system installed. Emry said that city codes require a building to tap into the sewer if it is within 140 feet of a tap-in point.
    “There are two tap-in points in that area, one of them 151 feet from where the building will be, and the other 160 feet from it, so we are within city codes to allow a septic system,” Emry said.
    Bids will be sought for the new building, with the deadline for submission of bids on Aug. 10 and opening of bids on Aug. 13. Construction period is slated between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.
    The council also approved Emry’s request to approach the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission for assistance in seeking a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for the city’s waste water treatment program. A $20,000 advisement fee will be charged.
    Mayor Maurice Harley reported on the fire department review committee, which is composed of himself, Emry, and Sonny Scales, Joey Adams, Al Combs and bobby Sands.
    Page 2 of 2 - Purpose of the committee is to review the structure and operations of the Girard Fire Department, which has been without a chief since Dustin Johnson was dismissed from the post several months ago.
    “We went to fire departments in area communities of similar size, and the information we got was all over the place,” Harley said. “There were departments with eight employees and one with about 20 volunteers.”
    He said that issues being addressed were whether the Girard department has an adequate number of volunteers, if they are being properly trained and equipped and does the department have the proper equipment.
    “There was also discussion on work schedules,” Harley said. “We’re going to have another committee meeting on July 12.”
    Jenny Collins, who is not a Girard resident but operates an insurance agency there, asked how committee meetings were open to the public.
    “Anybody can come,” Harley said. “We’ll be meeting at 6 p.m. in the fire department training room.”
    The mayor noted that there are rumors going around Girard about the fire department.
    “The main one is that we’re going to have an all-volunteer department,” Harley said. “Everything is on the table, but no decisions have been made.”
    C.C. Bass asked about the ISO rating, which is issued by the Insurance Service Office  to fire departments throughout the country for the effectiveness of their fire protection services and equipment to protect the community.
    Harley assured him that the city’s ISO would not be harmed, and might be improved.
    “A situation occurred, we had to take action and it was not a popular action,” Harley said. “Because of an investigation still going on, we can’t comment and can’t go into detail because pieces of it are not settled. Things revealed during the investigation opened up a lot of things, opened up a Pandora’s box. We’re going to throw the doors open on all departments.”
     

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