Just in time for construction season, the Elk Point City Council approved a contract with Christiansen Construction Co. to build a new swimming pool. The action came at the council’s regular meeting Monday, Feb. 1.

The contract has a guaranteed maximum price of $1.5 million. Primary funds will come from city bonds.

The new pool will be built on the same site as the old one. City crews demolished the old pool last fall. Christansen is currently conducting soil tests at the site. No firm date has been set for construction to commence.

The council also approved a resolution allowing City Administrator Derek Tuttle to approve change orders for the project, individually up to $10,000 with a total maximum of $50,000. Any changes over that amount would require approval of the full council, at a special meeting.

In other business, the council approved a street sweeping contract with the South Dakota Department of Transportation. The city will sweep Main Street for a maximum of 30 hours with a total cost of $3,600. The contract is the same as last year’s.

After a half-hour executive session for personnel and legal matters, the council reconvened and approved paying the three part-time city librarians for the same hours in 2020 as they worked in 2019. The $6,500 makes up, in part, for hours Danielle Wilkinson, Zaniell Zevenbergen and Matthew Noteboom lost when the library was closed last summer. The council also approved advertising for an additional part-time librarian.

The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1 with a study session at 6:30 p.m.