Pool committee selected; meets

The Geneva City Council formally signed agreements and contracts with JEO Consulting Group for JEO Project No. 101031, the proposed Geneva Aquatic Facility, at the council’s regularly-scheduled meeting last week.

“Thank you for choosing us,” said Dave Henke with JEO at the April 6 council meeting.
The JEO Scope of Services includes assisting the pool committee with the selection and size of final proposed amenities including, but not limited to zero-entry, lap lanes, diving well, slides, toddler accessories, fountains, splash pad and concessions, etc.; assisting the pool committee with the placement of the final aquatic facility location of the existing pool site; conceptual and then final proposed aquatic facility layout plans; and preparing detailed engineer’s opinion of probable costs for major construction items.
Geneva Mayor Rod Norrie told the city council he appointed the members of the pool committee after asking them if they were willing to serve.  Members of the pool committee include Councilwoman Jean Engle, Norrie, Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec, city staffers Jill Swartzendruber and Valerie Turner, along with Alice Fangmeyer, Brock Godown, Kristi Godown, Spencer Hafer, Christin Lovegrove, Michele Rayburn, Ava Roush, Adam Walin, John Wilkins and Eric Williams.
The pool committee met for the first time on March 30 at the Geneva Rec  Center with Henke and George Parizek, also with JEO.  The group will meet again on April 27, at 7 p.m., at the rec center.
“It’s a good choice of people I feel,” Henke said.  “A very high amount of interaction.”
Norrie said committee members Wilkins, Lovegrove and Walin are planning to lead a grass-roots fund-raising effort for the project in the near future.
In another meeting note, Svec reported to the council he is concerned with the condition of A Street in the extreme southern part of the city.  He suggested the possibility of working crushed rock into the five blocks of the street with a sheep’s foot to improve its base.
“It’s not a great street,” Svec said.  “Water sits on the street when it rains.”
He said the best solution would be to improve the drainage on the street by working on its shoulders.  This process though, he said, would require cutting into several yards (making the road around 20 feet wider) and cost in excess of $80,000.  He thought the rock could be added on the road for around $6,000.
Councilman Norman Marks asked Svec why improve just A Street?  Why stop there?
“I’m going complaint driven,” Svec said.
The city council voted unanimously to try adding crushed rock on the street and working it in.
“If we go with only $6,000 there, we may be able to go other places too,” Council President Mike Haumont said.

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