Aquatic Center Director talks pool plans

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

April 23, 2014

Leitchfield Aquatic Center Director Sabrina Durbin recently addressed the City to discuss her plans for the soon-to-open center.

Durbin, of Bowling Green, attended the regularly scheduled, Monday, April 21 Leitchfield City Council meeting with Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson.

Leitchfield Aquatic Center is currently on track to open on July 1, and Durbin said she has already planned a number of special events, including a large, end of the season event, the specifics of which have not yet been announced.

Durbin also said the tentative plan is to keep Leitchfield Aquatic Center open until September to make up for the month of pool use lost in June.

Johnson said that the plan is to keep the aquatic center open through August on the weekends and in the afternoons.

Durbin, who was previously the director of the Russel Sims Aquatic Center in Bowling Green and has two years supervising management experience, is a Certified Pool Operator and capable of training and certifying lifeguards, as well as teaching Red Cross-certified swimming classes.

Durbin said she has hired a full staff of 22 Leitchfield Aquatic Center lifeguards, two of whom already have their lifeguard certifications and the other 20 of whom will be certified by Durbin prior to the Aquatic Center’s opening.

Durbin said she also intends to train a select number of lifeguards to provide swimming lessons.

One-hour lessons are tentatively scheduled to be given up to three days a week before the aquatic center opens in the morning. Classes will consist of two students per instructor, and five or six instructors will provide lessons at a time.

Different skill-level classes will be provided.

While lifeguards will not have the proper certification to provide Red Cross-certified swimming classes, Durbin said the lessons would be “exactly the same,” only without the certification card and given at a reduced price.

Parents who want their children to receive Red Cross-certified swimming lessons may request them from Durbin herself, who will also give lessons.

Because Leitchfield Aquatic Center is not expected to open until July, the City Council discussed opening the old City pool through the month of June until the center’s opening.

Leitchfield Public Works Director said to re-open the old pool would cost an estimated $8,000-$10,000 and would take about two to three weeks to be ready for public use.

No official action was taken on this matter.

In other business:

*The City Council went into executive session to discuss possibly selling an unused City-owned lot.

Leitchfield City Attorney Kenneth Smart said the City has tentatively agreed on a range of prices but will not yet announce the price or the buyer.

The City Council passed a motion to authorize Mayor William Thomason to negotiate the price of the sale.

*The City Council discussed uploading the video recording of City meetings online for public viewing rather than purchasing equipment to record the meetings for television.

Councilmember William Dallas discussed possibly uploading the videos to YouTube and providing a link for their viewing on the City’s website.

No official action was taken on this matter.

*Puckett said she had advertised for bids to replace half the floor at the City transfer station. Bids will be opened on May 30.

*The City Council passed a motion to place into its meeting minutes a proclamation declaring April 12, 2014 as Arbor Day in Leitchfield.