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Besides receiving preliminary results of the recent survey to gauge community interest in an indoor wellness facility (see separate story), the Mount Ayr city council handled a wide range of topics at its regular meeting Monday, June 17.
Temporary stop signs
In response to a request received at their June 3 meeting, the council approved installing a stop sign on Hayes Street at the intersection with Columbus Street. The change would make that intersection a four-way stop.
At that meeting Denise Golliday had requested the additional stop signs in an effort to protect children playing in the area.
The council said they would revisit the issue in a few months before deciding to make the stop signs permanent.
Fire department buys property
Also at the June 3 meeting, the Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Department had approached the council for permission to move forward with the purchase of a property located directly south of the fire station.
At Monday’s meeting the council approved the fire department’s payment of $15,000 to buy the property currently owned by the Gaylan Combs Life Estate.
Private swimming lessons
In a reversal of a decision they had made at their May 20 meeting, the council decided to pay lifeguards $18 an hour to instruct private swimming lessons.
At that May meeting, the council had decided to pay lifeguards their regular wage of approximately $8.50 an hour for the lessons.
Council member Brad Elliott, who is the council’s liaison with the city Park Board, explained the lifeguards are providing a service “above and beyond” their required duties. He said the guards also have special certification to provide the service.
Park Board president Leslie Dredge added residents value the private lessons because they can fit them into their busy schedules.