Recycling to return, pool opening doubtful
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The Mount Ayr city council covered a relatively light agenda at its regular meeting Monday, May 4.
• The council approved a return to its regular recycling collection schedule effective today (Thursday, May 7).
• The council briefly discussed the opening of the public swimming pool in light of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. While the council took no formal action, it was noted the pool is unlikely to open this season because of a shortened swimming season due to the current shutdown order and a potential early August start to the school year.
• Joe Routh, representing the Sportsman’s Club, presented a summary of his group’s efforts with maintenance and improvements at Loch Ayr.
The council approved offering a new three-year contract with the club to continue its work at the lake.
The agreement would include a stipend of $20,000 to the group, a $1,500 increase over the expiring contract.
• Citing a need to move forward with repairs at the waste water treatment plant and to at least 14 breaks in sewer lines across the city, the council agreed to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that would cover approximately 55 percent of the estimated $516,000 project.
• As more homes are connected to the new water distribution system, city administrator Brent Wise reported the first discovery of a home with a lead pipe service line.
The residence of Darrell and Angela Dodge at 100 Dunning Avenue will be required to have the service line replaced from the water main to the meter inside the home.
Wise said approximately 50 additional homes have yet to be connected to the new service.