By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post
Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell says the plan, as of now, is to open the city’s swimming pool June 15 but they are still working on hiring enough lifeguards. Getting enough certified lifeguards is a must to open or the pool might face reduced hours.
Mitchell noted they have worked with the Great Bend Recreation Commission to handle required training and classes.
"We have been fortunate that Aquatics Director Megan Hammeke is working with us to accommodate classes," said Mitchell. "A lot of classes have been cancelled. Hammeke is going to help get our applicants through that."
Mitchell noted the pool would ideally need 10 certified lifeguards or managers.
"We are working hard and trying to get creative," said Mitchell. "I think a lot of communities have struggled to determine if it is safe to open the pool. There will definitely be increased cleaning."
As for pool improvements and potential replacement, the Hoisington pool advisory committee wanted to secure proposals from area consultants. Mitchell says with the COVID-19 pandemic happening, those plans have been put on hold and will likely wait until next year.