Jeanne Visser | Staff Writer
Only 10 lifeguards have been hired at the Hull pool for this summer and that might lead to a shortage during the swimming season, the Hull City Council was informed recently.
The city would like to have at least 14 lifeguards for the pool. Last year 20 guards were employed. Seven are needed for one shift.
Even though the Council has offered a signing bonus and money for training, lifeguards are still in short supply.
“It’s not usually a problem at the beginning of the pool season, but as the summer goes on and families take vacations, we need more people to take shifts at the pool,” explained city manager Jim Collins. “If we are short-staffed we’ll have to look at closing the slide periodically because two lifeguards are needed for it.”
Erika Feenstra and Katie Rozeboom are the 2018 co-managers of the pool, which will open after Memorial Day.
The Council approved the Contract Law Enforcement agreement between the city and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. The cost for fiscal year 2019 is $260,978 and is for law enforcement services within the corporate limits of Hull.
The service includes patrol, traffic enforcement and control, response to complaints or calls, investigations, emergency service, service of civil documents, and other tasks typically performed by a law enforcement agency.
The public/portable signs at the intersection of Main and First Streets were also discussed at the last Council meeting.
This summer Iowa State Bank is installing a new sign with a message center at that corner. The bank may offer the community access to the sign.
“People could put their messages on the bank sign instead of in the intersection,” explained Collins. “Right now it’s an option being discussed.”
Collins also reported that a culvert under the bike trail is rusted through and will have to be replaced.