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Municipal pool readies for second season

May 31, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The new Traer Municipal Pool will open its doors on June 1 as it prepares for its second season since its completion in time for Memorial Day last year.

"Last year, I'd say we took away that there were a lot more people excited and interested in the pool than we anticipated," Traer City Councilman Yosh Youel said. "I feel there were people who weren't going to the old pool who came to this new pool, for example my wife.:

Two years after the last leg of the old pool, Cindy Youel has not only swam at the new pool, but will manage the pool over this summer.

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The $3.2 million new pool features a zero-depth entry, a brand new water slide, new bathhouse, new pumps and filters, ADA accessibility, and aquatic toys for children to enjoy. $2.5 million was funded through a voter-approved bond issue, while the remaining amount was raised through community donations.

"The old pool was actually a competition pool rather than suited for family while this new pool is more of a mini aquatic center," Youel said. "The waterslide is also more fun for older kids and families."

Going forward, the pool plans to offer the same services and summertime fun in 2019 as 2018. Adult swim will continue at the noon hour, rentals are open to parties after hours, plus Danica Minard will provide more of her mermaid classes over the summer upon popular demand from the community.

"The pool for the city is a losing financial venture," Youel said. "There's no way we can make money with the cost of paying the employees to run the pool and the cost of chemicals. The city knows this, but this is such an important feature for a town to have when a young family is looking to move here. We hired an architect to build a pool that can last 50 years. They came back to inspect the pool after the winter and tests came through well. We hope this is indeed a pool that can last for 40 or more years."

Youel stated that security cameras have been installed at the pool this season to address vandalism issues last year. Pool prices will also increase this season with family passes costing $150 and individual passes costing $75 after being $75 and $50 respectively in 2018. Prices were compared to surrounding community pools in Reinbeck and Dysart.

"We're not the highest, not the lowest, but sort of the middle," Youel said. "We found we were way under last year, but we just wanted to get people here. Now, it's time to raise the prices up. I anticipate people won't like it, but the higher price isn't out of line with what we offer."

Lifeguards and employees saw a one-dollar increase in pay over the season to attract previous lifeguards back this season. Closing the pool for the season will occur after guards are unable to fill shifts due to school.

"This was all made possible by donations and was truly a community effort," Youel said. "The community spoke loudly with 86 percent voting yes for this $2.5 million bond issue. We simply couldn't have done this with this. We're all happy that Traer said this was an important thing to have.

Hours will be adult swim from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for exercise and water aerobics. Family swim will be held from 1:00 p.m to 7:00 pm. Sunday will see adult swim open from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and family swim from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.



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