Sheldon, Iowa — Jake Kerr, Sheldon’s Rec Director, delivered an up to date report on the Sheldon Family Aquatic Center at the Sheldon City Council’s meeting Wednesday.
Kerr reported that total revenues were down about six thousand dollars from the previous year, but blamed most of that on the weather. The facility does not open until the air temperature reaches at least 75 degrees. But, this past summer there were many days when the temperature hovered around that low figure, which is not conducive to swimming in an outdoor pool. The Rec Director also reported on several improvements at the pool this summer, including sixteen new chairs, new shades and a basketball hoop. Kerr said he was also happy to report that they no longer have a shortage of lifeguards as they have had in the past. They now have 25 full-time and 2 part-time lifeguards available.
Kerr reported that attendance of non-members after 6 p.m. was low because people didn’t want to pay four or five dollars for only an hour or two. Kerr suggested changing the after 6 p.m. admission to two dollars and the Council took action to approve that change.
He also addressed the relationship with the indoor pool at Holiday Inn Express. He noted that it has been a great asset for swimming lessons in inclement weather. This past summer the weather forced them to move lessons indoors about 18 times. Kerr also commented on the fact that the indoor pool is still closed as it is ‘under construction’, and he could not get a date as to when it would be available for swimming.