Hull pool to remain open until September

Posted August 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm

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In an effort to prolong the swimming pool season, the Hull City Council last week looked at an extended schedule put together by the pool manager. This year the pool will stay open for regular hours through Aug. 22 and will be open Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, from 1-6 p.m.

“We’re happy that we can keep the pool open for a few extra days and we’d love to keep it open even longer, but it’s a labor issue,” reported City Administrator Aaron Kooiker. “Once all the college and high school students go back to school, we don’t have enough lifeguards to staff the pool during the week. The council would like to encourage adults to get their lifeguard certification so the pool could remain open longer.”

The council also discussed a letter it received from the Hull Community Betterment Corp. addressing the need for a back access to Cobblestone Court. The letter asked that the council consider the feasibility of establishing a paved access along the old railroad bed between Brown Street and Division Street, with a southerly extension to the Cobblestone Court area. This would provide a path for bicyclists, pedestrians and people in wheelchairs to reach the businesses at Cobblestone Court without having to venture onto Highway 18.

This would require easements from property owners since that property is privately owned.

“The council agrees with the Hull Betterment group and we think it’s a good idea,” stated Kooiker. “We’re going to partner with them on this.”

The council also awarded the bid for the fall street-paving project to Knife River Midwest. The project includes an overlay of Railroad Street from Division to Brown streets and Maple Street from Third to Fifth streets. The bike trail north of town will also get a new overlay.

The city is also looking for contractors to improve facilities at Eastside Park. The concession stand will be enlarged and the bathrooms improved.