Special pool meeting planned prior to next Tonasket Council meeting

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council will be holding a special meeting to discuss the funding options for the Tonasket Municipal Swimming Pool and related issues beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

The committee is invited to attend this meeting, which will discuss the Requests for Qualifications the city has recently received regarding the pool. No action will be taken at this meeting, but it will also serve as part of a study the city will be conducting on how feasible building a new pool will be.

During their meeting on Tuesday, March 9, the council heard comments from the Williams family regarding this issue. Tonasket High school athlete Shalen Williams told the council he knows many of the athletes would like to see the city build a lap pool, since the current pool is not large enough for students to do laps in.

Council member Connie Maden suggested the pool committee do more research on the pool because if the city can get a YMCA, that will open more doors for funding for a pool.

“The facility we have now is old and has leaks and it’s expensive to maintain because sometimes we can’t fund parts,” Mayor Patrick Plumb said.

During committee reports, Maden reported the new sign for the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Resource Center should be up by the end of the month and Council member Jill Vugteveen said Ty Olson is planning on having the new Triangle Park constructed by the end of the month as well.

Council member Jean Ramsey then reported on the recent Founder’s Day meeting, saying the event will have a dunk tank this year. Plumb volunteered to be in the dunk tank and Ramsey said the committee is looking for more people to be in the dunk tank as well as people with new ideas for the annual event. This year is the 75th anniversary of Founder’s Day and the Comancheros rodeo so the theme for the parade is “75th Jubilee.” Ramsey also said they are looking for an agency that can step up and do the fund raising to bring the Seattle Cossacks motorcycle group back to Tonasket for the parade.

The council then approved Resolution 2010-03 for the city to have a clean-up campaign using city equipment and employees.

“The City crew shall be authorized and directed to conduct a comprehensive City clean-up program commencing April 12 through April 23, 2010,” the resolution states. “During said campaign the City of Tonasket shall pick up burnable yard waste excluding tree stumps and oversized prunings for residences and businesses as time permits. Prunings must be under four feet long and piled for easy removal. Leaves and grass clippings should be bagged in paper bags.”

To participate in this clean-up, residents must contact city hall to schedule a time for their yard waste to be picked up by the city’s Public Works Department.

Finally, City Clerk Alice Attwood said Kurt Danison has been working with the county on the Shoreline Master Plan.

“Anyone who wants to see the plan is welcome to come to city hall to see it,” Attwood said. “The community can come look as well.”

The next city council meeting will be on March 23 at 7 p.m.