The Cherokee City Council approved on Tuesday, the purchase of a portable, automated timing system for the Bacon Aquatic Center now under construction, with funds coming through local fund raising efforts.
John Cook of the fund raising committee presented a request for a Colorado touch pad timing system for the pool to time lap swimming competitions. The cost of the system is about $33,000, a 40 percent reduction of the optional adjustment to the total project bid previously submitted.
The committee had suggested at the time of the total project bid that the council turn down the $55,000 for the touch pad system so that the committee could look for a lower cost alternative. In recommended the lower cost system Tuesday, Cook said that the lower cost system actually is better suited to the needs of the community.
The touch pads provide instantaneous adjustments to a score board which identifies each lap's swimmer, elapsed time and place. The nearest location in which Cherokee youth compete that has such a system is an indoor pool in Fort Dodge.
Cook noted that with the timing system at the new pool and the natural amphitheater provided by surrounding sloping landscape that can accommodate a large number of viewers, the Aquatic Center in Cherokee will be the best facility around to hold competitive swim meets.
The council failed to approve a motion to pay the bulk of the cost of the Indian Street paving project.
The street is expected to be opened to traffic on Friday. Mick Mallory expressed a desire to view the work, perhaps conduct a water drainage test on the street before payment is approved. Doug Woods and Dwight Varce voted for the motion to make a payment of $97,899.25, retaining $3,027.07. Mallory and Bob Leach voted against the motion. Ron Johnson was not present.
The council approved the low bid of $3,000 from Utility Service Company for cleaning and inspecting three water towers. The five companies that made bids varied widely in price with the highest bid at $14,700. This is from a company that has divers go in to clean and inspect without draining the towers.
Mayor Dennis Henrich checked out towns that had use Utility Service Company and received good reports on their service.
The council tabled an action item for adjusting wages for non-union employees.
All four council members present voted to approve the first reading of motion to rezone property near the Cherokee Regional Medical Center from single and two-family residential to multi-family residential, to accommodate a $5 million project of CRMC but Mallory voted against waiving the second and third reading, which passed 3 to 1.