The Rock Port Park Board met Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Members present were Katey Kroeger, Jill Lager, Tisha Jackson, Clint Dougherty, Tawni Ellis, Shauna Farmer, Sheena Roup, and Devon Sons. Also present were Alderman Liaison Todd Stevens, Mayor Chris Chamberlain, City Clerk Emily Schulte, and Terri McGuire.

The meeting agenda was approved.

Board members also voted to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2020, meeting minutes and the April financials.

Jennifer Geib was accepted as the new park board member.

2020 POOL SEASON

The Rock Port Pool will open based on recommendations by the state of Missouri Health Department.

The following recommendations will be available for review at the city meeting on how to proceed with opening the pool during this time to remain compliant with all COVID-19 restrictions placed by the state government.

Recommendations For Opening Pool During Summer 2020

Dr. Burke suggested waiting until June to open the pool. The following are several suggestions on how to proceed:

1 – Signs posted stating current recommendations on social distancing, etc

2 – Plexiglass mounted on counter to separate general public from guards at entrance

3 – One entrance and one exit

4 – Lap lane swimming only to start

5 – Lifeguard chairs wiped down by each exiting guard (they each have their own spray bottle

6 – Thermometer to check temperatures before patrons enter the pool

7 – Scheduled swim times by last name

8 – Lengthen time the pool is open so that the above families have enough time to swim

9 – Advance pass sales only to begin the season and only to Rock Port School District residents

10 – No Red Cross swimming lessons this season

11 – No swim team this season

12 – Cleaning schedules to happen throughout the day

13 – Baby pool may be divided into quads

14 – No lounge chairs to start the season

15 – Markings around guard chairs and around pool area to aid with social distancing

16 – Use swim team ropes to create lanes

17 – Concession stand not open in the beginning. If the stand opens, prepaid accounts will need to be created along with prepackaged snacks only.

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There will be a new swimmers’ code of conduct for those who will be at the pool swimming.

Repair of the south guard chair was discussed and there was a unanimous vote on a new vacuum for the pool per ACCO recommendations on best option for our location. The Park Board will also be pricing for a new moveable lifeguard chair to meet new opening recommendations.

ACCO will be out to fill and complete the pool set-up.

Citizens interested in becoming a part of the Pool Committee are asked to reach out to Katey Kroeger.

Board members voted to fill holes in the parking lot with cold patch.

A park clean-up day was tabled until further notice.

COVID-19 notices will be placed at playground equipment, picnic tables, basketball courts, and baseball fields.

Board members voted to open the park contact surfaces for recreational use following recommended guidelines from the CDC, the State of Missouri, and MIRMA. Bathrooms will still remain closed per state recommendations of public park use. Effective immediately. Tisha seconded.

A new bay will be made or purchased for the handicap swing. All options will be voted on at the next meeting, Tuesday, May 26.

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The Rock Port Park Board met Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Members present were Katey Kroeger, Jill Lager, Clint Dougherty, Tawni Ellis, Shauna Farmer, Jennifer Geib, Sheena Roup, and Devon Sons. Tisha Jackson was absent. Also present were Alderman Todd Stevens and City Clerk Emily Schulte .

The meeting agenda was approved.

The May 13, 2020, meeting minutes were also approved.

Pool Update / Other

Dr. Burke has approved opening the Rock Port and Tarkio pools. The projected opening date for the Rock Port pool is June 15. At this time there will be no restrictions while in the water. Employees will need to take temperatures as patrons enter the pool. The concession stand was approved to open with only prepackaged items and all necessary precautions while handling items. Chairs may not be available (towels only at this time). The Facebook page (Rock Port City Park and Pool) will be updated with all necessary and appropriate information.

There was discussion on purchasing a laptop to have access to all pool processes and procedures associated with running/maintaining the pool.

Park Clean-up Day / Board Work Day

Having a clean-up day Thursday, June 4, at 5:00 p.m. was discussed (weather permitting). Bring a rake and shovel to help spread any mulch.

Park Update / Other

Swing bays need to be decided on at the next meeting. Everyone was asked do some homework on swing set bays. The city has some magazines that Katey is going to look through as well.

A new merry-go-round that meets safety standards is needed. The old one does not meet standards and will not be fixed.

Pool passes will be available for purchase Sunday, June 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m., and Monday, June 8, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pool passes also can be purchased thereafter during regular pool hours. There was discussion on online electronic sale of pool passes, payment, and code of conduct agreement or any questionnaire. It was tabled until next year.

The ACDC Grant deadline has been extended to fall 2020 for peer counselors to paint the exterior of the bathhouse building and concession stand through grant funds.

Other Business

Work orders will go through Katey and she will call in all work orders to the city.

The Park Board needs to review the calendar to appropriately designate responsibilities. Todd made clarification on the agreement between the park board and the city. The park board plans to clean up any discrepancies at the June 10 meeting and have ready for re-approval by updating the agreement.

It was approved that lifeguards may be able to do private swim lessons with parent approval of the lifeguard and student due to no restrictions in the water. Temperatures will still need to be taken before entering the pool area.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.