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COVID-19 concern may keep Superior pool closed in 2020


April 30, 2020

At this juncture, it is looking like a hot and dry summer for Superior residents. But like most things associated with the COVID-19 shutdown, nothing is certain. However, members of the Superior Ciity Council agreed Monday night that most likely the swimming pool will not be open this year. Consequently, preparations to open the pool are on hold.

It was noted Monday the currently recommended opening date for Nebraska pools is in mid-July and with the pool normally closing in early August, the council agree the short season would not be worth the cost of opening.

But not everyone has given up on life returning to normal. The council approved issuing special liquor licenses to Superior Superior Spirits for special events being planned for the 4th Street Square park in June, July and August. It was noted the actual license will not be issued until the restrictions are lifted.

In other action Monday, the council awarded a contract to Saathoff Construction to demolish and remove dilapidated and properties at 141 N. Dakota, 1008 E. Fifth, 1117 N. Commercial, 509 N. Collette and 245 W. Fourth.

The Saathoff bid of $33,000 was $1,000 higher than the other bid received, However, Saathoff agreed to meet the timeline set by the city. The city has about $8,000 left from a housing rehabilitation grant that must be spent prior to June 1. To have accepted the other bid with a later completion date would have jeopardized the grant.

Members of the council have approved officers submitted by the fire department and rescue squad.

For the fire department TJ Morris is serving as chief. Matt Meyer is assistant chief. John Carbaugh is president, Bryan Gentry, vice president, Brian Bargen, secretary and Mike Smith, treasurer.

EMT officers are TJ Sibert, president, Camie Kroeger, vice president, Tammy Gehle, secretary-treasurer, Carrie Lemke captain, and Missy Nielsen, lieutenant. Morgan Frahm is a new member of the department. Though she plans to attend college in the fall, she has completed the training and will be available to take calls when back home.

The council accepted a letter of resignation for Jason Miller, one of the newest police department recruits. Miller had recently completed training at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Center. Since he did not maintain employment with the city, he likely will have to reimburse the city for the training expense.

It was noted the parks and cemetery department’s four seasonal workers had joined the work force and the parks appeared to be ready for summer use.

It has been city policy to respaint parking stalls, crosswalks and fire lanes each spring. The possibility of delaying the work was discussed but the decision was made to proceed with the work that is expected to cost between $3,500 and $5,000.

Computer work at the city office has been slowed this week by a ransomware virus. Computer technicians from Glenwood have been working to clear the problem.


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