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Council leaves pool hours the same
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HOISINGTON — At its regular meeting on Monday, the Hoisington City Council, after discussion and input from the Hoisington pool manager and swim teacher, decided to leave pool hours the same as last year.

Rae Ann Hayes, director of the Hoisington Rec Commission, said that the evening swim lessons were very well attended.

The managers of the pool told the council that evenings are easier for parents if they have to work, particularly for Level 1. Level 1 classes require parents to be in the water, and the evening swim lessons class only lasted a few weeks in July on Monday through Thursday.

They also discussed expanding the hours of the pool. The pool manager thought it would cause a safety issue to be open after 8 p.m. with the oncoming darkness as well as cause swimmer fatigue. They also mentioned the problem of getting lifeguards to stay that late.

In other business, the Hoisington City Council held a show cause hearing for the property located at 264 W. Railroad. The council found that the property is dangerous, unsafe or unfit for human habitation.

Code Enforcement Officer Don Doerschlag showed pictures of the property. There are large holes in the roof, boarded-up windows, broken winders, unsightly and unstored material, and the roof is collapsing on the back porch. He is not asking for any changes on the garage.

The council found the property to be dangerous and unfit for human habitation.

Doerschlag said to spoke to the owner in 2011 and "the building is now in worse shape than it was."

The motion will allow the homeowner approximately 45 days to repair or demolish the property.

In addition, a motion was passed to hold a show cause hearing for a second property, 473 W. Second. Doerschlag reported some progress has been made, work still remained.

The city approved the sale of 250 kilowatts of base load electric power to Sharon Springs. This will shed some of the excess power and result in a slight reduction in energy cost for the city and ratepayers. This refers to the period from March 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2018.

Sharon Springs is the newest member of the KMEA power pool.

Mitchell reported that the Hoisington City Land Bank has officially received and filed the deed on the Hoisington Mobile Home Park.

In other business, the council approved:

•Purchasing an animal control officer vehicle for up to $10,000. The current vehicle is a 1989.

•Accepting bids for a city vehicle. The vehicle will be used for transportation to out-of-town meetings for city employees.