HI pool will remain open, commission decides
HOLIDAY ISLAND — The idea of closing the Holiday Island Swimming Pool for the rest of the season was considered before the Board of Commissioners rallied themselves in support of the amenity during a regular meeting on Monday, June 26.
Attendance at the pool and at the pool party has been down in the last two years, according to Recreation Center department head Janice Murphy. Kathy Bischoff pointed out, though some disagreed, that lowered attendance at the pool coincided with the shutting down of the Fourth of July fireworks show. This will be the second year of the no public fireworks policy. Fireworks are still allowed on private property during the upcoming holiday with the exception of aerial fireworks, which are prohibited.
It was also decided that pool hours for the rest of the season will be 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. beginning Saturday, July 1. Authority for changing the hours was delegated by the BOC to District Manager Lawrence Blood and Murphy.
July 1 is also the date of the upcoming pool party to be held from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with live music by J. Rock and the 3rd Street Band. Admission to the pool party is $12. Children under 5 years will be admitted free of charge, but must accompanied by an adult.
In other business a bid of $234,930 was accepted from Hutchens Construction Company for road resurfacing or chip and seal work and a one-year maintenance bond on nine roads in the district. The roads and the work to be done are 2 inches of asphalt concrete hot mix overlay on Rancho Vista Lane, El Dorado Drive, Serenity Lane, Cypress Point Lane, Cherokee Place, Chickasaw Place and Arapahoe Drive. Twin Peak Drive and Cedar Lane each are to receive a single pass chip and seal surface treatment.
Other bidders for the resurfacing work were Marion County Paving LLC ($266.096) and Heavy Constructors of Arkansas LLC ($304,750). Hutchens Construction Co. did more than one-and-a–half miles of 2 inch resurfacing in the district in 2016.
A regulation (2017-001) was also given a first reading by title only. The new regulation, if it passes a second reading, will take the fees for amenities out of the Code of Regulations in order to simplify making adjustments to fees. In the past changing the fees for an amenity required a regulation with two readings.