The Britton Swimming Pool is scheduled to open on Monday, two weeks later than normal. The pool will also be open just four days a week instead of seven due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of lifeguards. Britton’s City Council has also implemented a 50-person limit for the pool this summer.
City Sets Pool Guidelines
The Britton City Council set up guidelines and policies at its regular meeting on Monday for the opening of the swimming pool planned for Monday, June 15.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of lifeguards, procedures at the pool will be different this summer. Instead of being open seven days a week the pool will be open Monday-Thursday from 1-6 p.m. and limited to 50 people at one time. Hopes had been to offer limited swimming lessons but the board decided that no lessons will be offered this summer, and there will not be concessions sold at the pool with the exception of bottled water.
Restrooms in the bath house locker rooms will not be used but the restrooms on the outside of the bathhouse will be available. Extra sanitation will be practiced with surfaces wiped down regularly.
Because of the limited number of days and the later start, season passes for the pool were cut by 50 percent for this summer. Family passes will be $60, $32 for adults, and $27 for youth. Sevenpunch tickets will be available for youth for $13 and adults for $28. Daily rates will remain the same with adults $4, youth (18 & under) $2, and non-swimmers $2. In other COVID-19 relat
In other COVID-19 related action the board allowed a previous resolution that dictated businesses allow just one person per 30 square feet to expire. There are currently no virus-related ordinances in effect in the city with the exception of no late fees or water shutoffs through June 26 due to COVID-19 reasons.
Plans are to continue health screening for users of the Britton Area Event Center and the facility will be available for rental for group activities. Renters will do so at their own risk.
The library will continue to limit the number of people allowed and the time they spend in the facility. COVID-related waivers must continue to be signed by parents for their children to swim at the pool and participate in the baseball/ softball program as recommended by the city’s insurance company. The waivers release the city from any COVID-19 liability.
In other action the council accepted bids for the city storm sewer project and an automated weather observation system (AWOS) at the airport.
B&B Contracting of Aberdeen was the low bidder for the storm sewer project at $1,037,283.63. Plans are for that project to be completed by Aug. 31. Webster Scale and Crow Creek Construction of New London, MN, also submitted bids.
The board also approved resolutions for a legal services agreement with Meierhenry Sargent of Sioux Falls as the bonding attorney for the project and authorized issuing of a sewer project revenue bond not to exceed $845,000. Efraimson Electric of Bryant was the low bidder for the AWOS project at $265,670.87. Muth Electric of Mitchell was the only other bidder. The project will provide an upgraded FAA-approved service to the airport that will use local weather data instead of Aberdeen data and is 100 percent federally funded. The city will be responsible for maintenance costs. Britton is a pilot project in the state for the new system that is expected to be used at about 30 airports around the state.
After an executive session for negotiations, the council agreed to lower liquidated damages from J&J Earthworks of Milbank for the city water project from $216,000 to $50,000 contingent upon getting lien waivers from subcontractors and suppliers.
The project contract had called for a completion date in the fall of 2018, and J&J is still working on completing a final punch list. The liquidated damages were penalties assessed for not completing the project on time. The city’s final payment of $191,212.85 reflects payback of some of those liquidated damaged previously withheld. A change order was also approved for a decrease of $1,725.90 for quantities used in the project.
A quote from CommTech of Aberdeen for up to $6,500 for a FOB key system for the Britton Area Event Center was accepted. A malt beverage renewal for Snapper’s Dry Bean was approved. A request from Cory Bremmon to hold a tractor pull in conjunction with Harvest Days in the old sale barn lot was approved. Wages for seasonal and part-time employees were also approved.
Carlson Crushing has completed the concrete removal and disposal from the former sale barn lot and the council approved payment of $49,489.89 from the capital improvement fund. The city has also been contacted by the state that a triangle-shaped piece of rail property on the sale barn lot and previously abandoned will be available for sale to the city.
The board discussed an ordinance governing fence right-of-way. Current city law dictates that the fence line be 18 inches from the property line unless there is a signed affidavit from an adjoining neighbor allowing the fence to be placed right on the property line. The city will amend the ordinance to say that all fences abutting city property must be 18 inches from the line with no exceptions.
There was also discussion on city vs. property owner responsibility concerning sewer lines. The board will act on an ordinance at its next meeting that stipulates the same requirements as water lines with property owners responsible for lines up to the property line.
Graduation banners will remain on Main Street until the end of June and then given to parents. The council also decided to use money in its perpetual cemetery care fund to needed maintenance.
Next meeting of the council will be Monday, July 13.