Nora Rohrbeck has been appointed pool manager in Watkins. Jacob Forcier and Natalie Stein are to be assistant managers. They will have their hands full in the days and weeks to come: sign-ups for summer swimming lessons are coming up, but first the pool must be emptied and prepared for the season. Once the snow and ice is out of the pool, Rohrbeck and new City Works Director Steve Geislinger will assess what repairs need to be made to the pool before it can be filled for the season. Sign-up for lessons will be May 4 at the Watkins Village Hall.
After a few years’ absence, the city decided to hold a clean-up day this year. It will be from 8-11 a.m., but a date has not yet been set (needs to be coordinated with West Central Sanitation).
The city will forgive the sewer portion of water/sewer bills for Randy Kramer’s residence and for the Watkins Elementary School as it was shown that the water used did not go down the sewer. The council, however, decided unanimously to redraft the ordinance in order to limit the number of such requests.
Watkins Ambulance will sell one of their trucks, one that hasn’t been used in 15 years. There was discussion about changing the wall panels in the Ambulance garage, and a decontamination shower there as well.
Handicap parking spots downtown were discussed again. Meeker County approved one spot for Wally’s Café (two were requested). The standard is one handicap spot for every 25 vehicles. There is a sign posted for a handicap spot on the 2nd Street corner at Central Avenue. It will not be enforced until the street and curb can be painted (as weather allows), but it will be enforced: $700 fine.
The city will ask Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineers, to supervise and inspect any maintenance work needed on the city’s water tower this summer.
The next meeting of the Watkins city council will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. (The time is set back to 7 p.m. for the summer and fall.)