After recognizing Garden City employees for decades of service, members of the City Commission Meeting got down to business during their 1 p.m. gathering on Dec. 3 at the City Administrative Center.
Assistant city manager Jennifer Cunningham announced that although the city flag was an important landmark for the community, the Capital Improvement Planning Committee decided in November to not have this be a city-sanctioned or city-initiated initiative. The committee would like it to be more of a grassroots led project.
Police actions and concerns
Garden City Police Chief Michael Ulz explained initiatives his department is taking, including determining whether to buy a machine that counts and marks the serial numbers of all confiscated bills.
Mayor Dan Fankhauser asked where the money is stored. Ulz said the city is currently analyzing whether to keep the money in the evidence room, where all confiscated money has been housed for years, or place it in a bank.
Another problem facing the Garden City Police Department is whether to continue to have police personnel use their personal phones during official business. Ulz said if they learn this is not appropriate, the city will have to buy more cellphones. Many departments across the U.S. do not allow officers to use personal cellphones for business use. If they are used, one risk is they can get subpoenaed and brought in as evidence. Another risk is having official business on an unsecure machine.
Starting next year, the police department will place use of force data on its website and change officers' schedules.
Town Hall Meeting
The fifth Tuesday Town Hall Meeting is canceled for December because it falls on New Year’s Eve this year.
What to do with the Big Pool
Cunningham announced the proposed plans for what to do with the city’s pool, which holds more than 2 million gallons of water and was built in the early 1920s. Community members are asked to go on the city’s website www.garden-city.org/government, examine the pool plans and extra elements, then vote for their top three in each category.
During their next meeting, at 1 p.m. Dec. 17, it is expected that with community input and input from CIP, commissioners will vote on the pool plan and if and what extra elements the city will construct or buy.
There are six extra elements being considered:
• Climbing Wall: $50,000
• Ninja Course: $300,000
• Fly High Slide (this can only be used with a 50-meter pool and would be similar to a zip line): $535,000
• Surf Simulator: $2 million
• Bowl Slide: $550,000
All plans will renovate the 1930s WPA-constructed bathhouse and increase shade.
• Option 1: New piping and PVC membranes for the current pool. This would cost just under $16 million. The maintenance cost would be $2 million every 10 to 15 years.
• Option 2: Redo the pool as is. The cost would be just under $23 million, and the operating expense would not decrease.
• Concept A: Create a small competition pool, 25 yards by 25 yards. There would be no frills, other than what is currently in place. The cost would be $7.5 million
• Concept B1: Focus on competition pool, 25 yards by 50 meters. This would cost $10.2 million.
• Concept B2: Focuses on a recreation pool measuring 25 yards by 25 yards. This would cost $10.5 million.
• Concept C: A pool measuring 25 yards by 50 meters. This pool would work for both competition and recreation and would cost $12 million.
• Concept D: For $12.9 million, in addition to concept C, there would be a new entrance and concession stand.
According to Cunningham, any of these actions would need to be funded by both debt and revenue. The cost of admission will have to be considered.
“The current pool is using 32.5 million gallons of water each summer,” Cunningham said.
With any of the above options, the water usage would go down to between 1 and 3 million gallons each year, with the renovation plans using the most water.