Recent vandalism at city pool has Oskaloosa council concerned
by Dennis Sharkey
There’s a lot of excitement with the opening of the new city pool in Oskaloosa but there is also some concern.
More vandalism was recently reported at the pool. Mayor Mike Paavola said it’s an issue that has been ongoing for months.
The latest incident involved vandals hoisting a picnic table up to the top of the roof of the bathhouse.
Councilman John Norman said he saw the pictures of the act.
“It was difficult for (city workers) to get down,” Norman said. “It had to be even harder to get up.”
The council has already talked about making changes to the pool and concession stand. Much of it is in disrepair and doors have been rigged shut because of multiple break-ins or attempted break-ins.
Norman said the pool area isn’t the only area vandals have targeted. He said the school’s roof has been used by skateboarders recently.
Council members are wanting to make upgrades to the pool area but the threat of vandals is cause for caution.
The council voted to spend about $250 on a device that will provide a shade area at the pool. The council wants to get patrons away from the concession stand area which happens to be the only place swimmers can get out of the sun.
Some council members would like to purchase two of the shade units but want to see what will happen to the first shade before buying another.
“I want to see if the first one gets torn up,” Councilman Dale Mooney said.
Several years ago the city began installing a camera system to monitor the area. However, according to Paavola the system was never finished.
Mooney said the price of camera systems has come down considerably the last couple of years.
“We need to protect the investment we’ve already made,” Mooney said.
The pool project itself is complete and final payment was made last week. The pool is now full of water and chemicals are circulating.
Construction crews had leftover paint from the project and repainted the wading pool for no additional costs to the city.
The council has hired a management staff and supporting staff are in the process of being hired.
The council set wages for employees and the costs for swimming lessons.
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