• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Mound City Council sets July 9 as opening day for splash park

Updated: Jun 23

MOUND CITY – Mound City’s new splash park is ready to turn on, however, concerns about mud getting into the recirculating water system and the lack of fence around the facility has pushed back the grand opening to July 9.

During the Mound City Council meeting on Monday, June 6, Mayor Wade Doering said the splash park was operational and the project was close to being completed.

Josh Baldwin, a consultant on city projects, said they needed to get some kids playing in the splash park so the chemicals used to treat the water could be properly tested. They discussed having a test run with children later in the week.

However, Doering said he was reluctant to open it up to the public because of the bare dirt around the pad without a fence to control access. Dirt in the splash park could overload the system.

“I’m afraid if we open this weekend, they will tromp in the mud and get it into the system,” he said.

City Superintendent John Bruns echoed the concern, saying there was more than a mile of pipe in the splash park’s system.

Doering suggested that as soon as the backfill could be worked, that sod be installed to address the problem with dirt and mud.

“You’ve put a lot of time, effort and money in this,” Bruns said. “Let’s do it right.”

The council also voted to install a black chain link fence around the splash pad, mainly to keep people from driving on it. They discussed an estimate on the cost of the fencing by JRK Portable Welding, the general contractor on the project, which was $13,500 for a fence around the pad.

The cost of the project, including the fencing estimate, stands at about $286,000.

Baldwin suggested they put the fencing project out for bid.

However, Councilman Cody Beckman pointed out that could delay the opening until as late as August. The council opted to forgo the bid process and get the project done in time for the opening day.

The council also discussed the possibility of installing a more decorative fence in the future, but decided that, for now, the chain link fence would get the area closed in quickly.

In other business, the council:

  • Discussed several properties that had dilapidated houses and junk or trash accumulated on the property. Jacob Bush, codes enforcement officer, discussed properties that were in violation of city codes. The council plans to hold a hearing at 7 p.m. on June 13 to discuss the property at 218 Chestnut Street.

  • Approved the results of the audit for 2021.

  • Approved a cereal malt beverage license for Casey’s.

  • Re-appointed Gary Schmidt to the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

  • Met in executive session for more than half an hour to discuss hiring a full-time police officer, but did not make a decision coming out of the closed-door session.

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