At their regular meeting Monday, May 4, the Elk Point City Council discussed whether to open the swimming pool this summer. The meeting was held via teleconference.

Several issues have made the opening doubtful. Despite advertising in a number of venues, no one has applied for the lifeguard positions. Even should an applicant be hired, Red Cross training is on hold at this time. The COVID-19 situation may prohibit public gatherings at places like pools.

Nevertheless, the council is determined to have the pool open if at all possible, but made that opening contingent on finding lifeguards. To that end, they instructed City Administrator Derek Tuttle to advertise again, hoping to find staff. Public Works Administrator Trevor Job said the pool will require some work and his staff needs at least a week and a half notice to get it ready. The council will make the decision at its next meeting.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.