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Washington Council approves pool contract with Washington YMCA

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A management agreement is now in place for the Washington Steele Family Aquatic Center after the city council approved the proposed contract at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Union file photo A management agreement is now in place for the Washington Steele Family Aquatic Center after the city council approved the proposed contract at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

WASHINGTON — Staff at the Washington YMCA will run the Washington Steele Family Aquatic Center for at least another three years after the Washington City Council approved the contract agreement.

The contract is on a three-year renewal basis and was previously brought up at the Dec. 17 council meeting. Several council members had reservations about items in the contract including early closures for low attendance. The discussion was tabled at the last meeting until a contract to address the issues could be drawn up.

The pool is owned by the city and maintained by city staff. However it is managed by the YMCA and run by staff hired by them.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, those issues were seemingly addressed and a new agreement was written up. In a memo sent to the council, City Administrator Brent Hinson outlined the Y agreed to only close early or open later in case of weather watches or warnings. If the Y decided there will be an acceptable time to re open the pool, a notification will be broadcast via KCII Radio.

The city council also will now have oversight on the hours of operation for the pool in the same way it does for fee changes. The third adjustment was to allow for special needs groups, such as WCDC, to use the pool at no cost.

The council unanimously agreed this was in the best interest of the city and constituents and were happy to move forward with the contract.