By Kay Braddock
Between the Murn Park bathroom construction, arrival of the new town garbage truck and season prep work needed on the town’s swimming pool, it’s easy to understand why the opening of the swimming pool has been delayed, according to Mayor Ron Kiosse.
Now combine those activities with the regular season routine of filling potholes, cutting grass and picking up garage.
“Everything is hitting us at once,” Kiosse said, noting retired town maintenance manager Glen Meidinger has been working part-time to help the town catch up on work.
But the real delay to the pool’s opening hasn’t been due to leaks or maintenance but instead a lack of electricity, which was turned off during the bathroom project.
Utility crews turned on the electricity Tuesday. Inspectors from Miles City will arrive later this week to ensure the electricity is up and running correctly, Kiosse said. Once the final prep work to the pool is completed, pumps will be turned on to begin filling the pool, which takes about 24 hours. Another day or two is required to allow filtering of the water.
The pool will likely open the end of this week or the beginning of next, Kiosse said.
Pool hours have yet to be determined, according to Town Clerk Caryn Rein, but noted rates will be the same as last year. Season passes for individuals are $45, while family season passes are $75. Monthly passes are $20 for individuals and $30 for families. Day rates are $3.
Swimming lessons will be offered later in the season and will cost $25 for each swimmer.
Five lifeguards were hired from seven applicants. They are: DJ Hubbert, Anna Fredrickson, Kristina Fredrickson, Natasha Fredrickson and Jerett Freiboth, who will also serve as the pool manager.
Funded by federal stimulus money, the Murn Park bathroom project has been underway for about a month, with at least another month left to go.
“It’s going as well as can be expected,” Kiosse said of the project, which was awarded to Netzer Hardware. The men’s and women’s bathrooms will be wheelchair accessible.
Completing the project by Terry Yippee would be ideal, Kiosse said, but noted he is anticipating a mid-August completion date.
In other town news, the Terry Town Council has hired Lynn Strasheim to replace outgoing Town Clerk Caryn Rein, who announced her resignation earlier this month.
“We had four very, very good applicants,” Kiosse said. “We had very good choices to choose from.”
Of the eight applicants, four were tested and interviewed for the part-time position.
Published June 30, 2010