Pool hours will no longer include afternoon break following complaints
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Though the pool is still months away from opening for the season, the Cokato City Council took action Monday night on changes to be made regarding its operation.
Katherine De Leon-Lantto, community pool manager, presented some suggestions for the council to consider, including changes to the current hours.
Last year, with an hour-and-a-half break daily from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Lantto was receiving complaints from parents that they would rather go to the pool as a family before dinner time, than after.
With the council finding no reason for the scheduled break to be necessary, new hours of operation were approved, including no break and the omission of adult swim, closing earlier on weekends.
Lantto noted there was only one adult swimmer last year during the scheduled break time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and this did not pay to have the lifeguard on staff during that time.
New pool hours were approved by the council and the pool will now be open Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Lantto also recommended the council approve a lifeguard instructor certification class for her to take this May.
Being a certified lifeguard instructor will also bring in additional revenue to the city by offering a lifeguard training course to the public, Lantto said.
The council approved paying for the three-day course, at the cost of $190.
Cable commission update
Bill Bruce from the Sherburne-Wright Cable Commission attended the meeting and introduced Mark Davis, its new production coordinator, to the council.
Davis will be creating productions for the government access channels in the member cities, including community development videos that showcase what Cokato has to offer.
He will also be promoting upcoming events such as the Cokato Corn Carnival, which can be seen throughout a wider viewing area.
With new technology, the cable commission is also able to stream events like the parade and city council meetings via the Internet. The commission is currently working with the city and could begin streaming council meetings sometime this spring, Bruce said.
It was noted, this will remain a government channel, not public television.
“It’s like C-SPAN for Cokato,” Bruce said.
Mayor Bruce Johnson commended the team for a successful first-time taping of the parade this past year.
County Road 153 project
Wright County Department of Highways adopted its five-year plan, with County Road 153 to be done this summer.
County Road 153 runs south on Jackson Street from Highway 12 and east on Third Street to Highway 12.
The county’s portion will pay for bituminous milling and pavement, for a total of $356,188. However, the city is responsible for the adjustment of the sanitary manholes and water main gate valve castings for a total of $16,900.
Ken Bakke, public works director, told the council that inspection of the condition of each manhole would be done.
He also asked if the city would like to replace the curb and gutter down Third Street, making it handicapped accessible.
Council Member Butch Amundsen said he didn’t think there was money for that at this time.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• appointed Mark Flood to fill the vacancy on the park board.
• adopted Wright County’s dangerous dog ordinance. The city’s previous ordinance did not address the issue of dangerous dogs or the destruction of them.
City Administrator Don Levens told the council such an occurrence took place last weekend involving a pit bull, which is labeled a dangerous dog, though no further action was necessary. This issue only reiterates why the city needs such an ordinance, Levens later commented.
• adopted the Klarbacken private road agreement with Tuva Road Development, as recommended by the city’s attorney.
• approved a planning and zoning recommendation granting Rod Lund a special use permit to allow for a zero lot line between an existing twin home (245-247 Arbor Curve). This would allow for the future resale of each unit.
A second special use permit with a variance was also approved for a zero lot line on the building of another twin home (255 Arbor Curve). This was contingent on the owner installing an additional water service for the second unit.
• was notified of a $100 fine to the city by the Minnesota Department of Labor after a recent OSHA inspection. The fine was in regards to a spigot at the water treatment facility. This was considered “minor” and has been corrected.
• decided it would review the funding status of the proposed fire station at next month’s meeting.