By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The beginning of the school year used to mean the end of swimming at the Imperial city pool.
Now, thanks to the combined efforts of the city of Imperial and Chase County Schools (CCS), the new pool on East 9th Street will be used until Sept. 18.
The pool will be open for public swimming Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m., and for water aerobics from 6-7 p.m.
City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said the city had thought about keeping it open on weekends, also.
“We opened it one weekend but there wasn’t good attendance,” she said.
Leyland said this could have been due to a lack of knowledge that the pool was open.
In any case, Pool Manager Michelle Wilson isn’t available on weekends, Leyland said. A manager must be on site when the pool is open.
The school is using the pool for physical education classes on a daily basis, according to Supt. Matt Fisher. He said a SCUBA class may be offered in the future.
The PE classes will be concluded as of Sept. 18.
PE Teacher Danny Lenners is teaching basic swimming skills and survival swimming skills, Fisher said.
Repairs, changes to be made
Leyland said that after the pool closes, and after football season is completed, one of the biggest changes at the pool will be replacing a two-inch water line with a larger one.
“When it’s running you can’t get a drink at the drinking fountain or take a shower,” she noted.
The engineering firm of Miller and Associates had planned a two-inch line. Leyland said Miller and Associates will “help pay for it,” regarding the new line. The city doesn’t yet know the cost or how big the line will be.
Some repairs also need to be made, Leyland said, with the contractor, Simon Contractors of North Platte, footing the bill under the warranty.
Those repairs include repainting targets on the wall underwater, which are used during swim meets. Also used during swim meets is a pole that holds back stroke flags. One end of the pole was stripped of threads and needs to be replaced.
Some painting in the deep end also needs to be done, Leyland said, as paint is peeling off.