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Armstrong may need pool lift

April 1, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations could well force the City of Armstrong to spend over $4,000 on a lift for the city pool that was already ADA-compliant when it was built four years ago.

Maintenance supervisor Tom Leach told the Armstrong City Council Monday that he had learned about the regulations when attending a recent class. Apparently the pool needs two forms of handicap access. It currently has one - a zero-depth entry. Leach said the fine for a first violation could be $50,000 and $100,000 for the second.

Council member Dave Grussing suggested the city could consider asking the Emmet County Community Foundation for a grant for the project.

In other business, the council approved a 50-cent raise for librarian Gertrude Jensen.

Police chief Craig Merrill said the H.E.A.T. team had been called out twice recently, both incidents involving guns.

Merrill also said he had to deploy a Taser for the first time following a pursuit.

Rhett Hiney thanked Merrill for taking part in the services for Staff Sgt. Steve Blass last week, and Merrill said he was glad to be a part of the law enforcement contingent.

Maintenance supervisor Tom Leach said some trees needed to be trimmed around town. Mayor Marv Dailey said the city could start picking up branch trimmings the third week in April.

The council approved appointing Dee Hiney and Lucas Oleson to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Current members are Paul Stevens and Tommy Elliott and one more member is needed.

Council member Dave Grussing noted some delinquent accounts on the revolving loan fund and asked what remedies the city could take.



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