It’s no secret the large impact Covid-19 has played on our lives locally. In the May 7 City of Corydon council meeting, the council members began discussion on whether to open the city pool for the summer, or choose to keep the pool closed for the summer of 2020.
As the council made the decision for City Hall to remain closed at this time indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, discussion turned to other city owned facilities.
“I think the pool definitely needs to be closed for the summer unfortunately,” said council member Nathan Bennett. “The problem we will have is keeping social distance between kids.”
“I don’t disagree with you,” said council member Stan Rupe as Mayor Dennis Moorman agreed with both. “What do we do though if the governor says everything is open?”
“I understand I just don’t want to put the city at risk and we don’t have any cases but then Appanoose decides not to open their pool then those kids come here?” Bennett asked.
“I think we have to consider the burden that is being placed on us to keep it clean,” said council member Dawn Christian. “That seems like a lot to ask of the staff to put on top of not only keeping people alive, but now they have to clean all the chairs, tables and I think there is a lot to consider.”
“Desire Grismore (pool manager) and I were texting this week and she said the Leon pool is for sure not opening while others around are not sure,” said council member Amber Rodgers. “It sounds like they are in a waiting game. Ellis, who does the trainings are putting out almost daily emails on how the safety procedures will change, mainly doing new things including taking temperatures at the door. That alone would be crazy trying to do that.”
“I don’t want to do it but we don’t know what is going to happen, but if we say June 15, we are already cutting our season in half and it takes a lot of money to get the pool up and going,” Bennett added. “And they could start back to school early next year according to the governor.”
“You make a really good point too if Centerville’s pool is closed and those kids come over here then too,” Rodgers added. “I never even thought of that, but if all these other things are closed and they can’t do other things but there is a pool open, it will be packed.”
“Which on a normal year that would be a great problem,” said Bennett. “Unfortunately it is not a great problem this year.”
“When do we need to make a final decision?” asked Rodgers.
Even as the majority of the members stated their minds are nearly made up, the consensus of the council decided the final decision would be made at their next council meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
In other business the council agreed to begin advertising for the hiring of a Utility Billing Clerk. It was decided the position would be a part-time position that could lead into a full-time role.
City Clerk Eva Moore advised the council a conference call has been scheduled with Attorney Verle Norris and Wayne County Sheriff Keith Davis to discuss the current issues with lose dogs within city limits. It was noted in recent weeks council members and city employees had responded to call complaints and catching loose dogs.
Moore also informed the council $6,000 was budged for legal fees for the year and currently just over $12,000 has been spent towards the city nuisance properties. She stated a budget amendment might be needed.
Rodgers noted when the nuisance properties are sold, some of the money would be recouped for the city.
The council approved the first payment to Morris for the 2019 water system improvements project in the amount of $160,668.75.
The council also approved the purchase of two new computers for the use of city employees at city hall. The computers would be purchased from local store IT on the Square.