By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — The hours of the Arlington community swimming pool have been reduced this week while Village Council searches for solutions to bolster the number of lifeguards.
On Thursday, the pool will be open only from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and it will be closed Saturday. Not enough available lifeguards are on staff, Arlington Council announced Tuesday.
In past summers, 16 to 17 lifeguards were on staff at the Arlington pool. This year, 12 to 14 lifeguards are on staff.
Exacerbating this situation is that some lifeguards are involved with school-based activities and family vacations.
One solution being considered is to have a pool manager become licensed to certify more lifeguards.
The lifeguard shortfall also prompted council to consider starting now to train more lifeguards for next year.
Separately, council set a deadline of 7 p.m. July 18 for accepting written applications from residents interested in filling a vacant council seat.
The applications must be given to Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Michael Palmer by the deadline. Palmer will pass along the resumes to the full council.
The goal, according to council members, is to fill the vacancy at its Aug. 1 session.
Palmer became mayor pro tem last month when Ed Solt stepped down as mayor, citing growing work responsibilities. Solt’s term expires at the end of 2019.
Palmer on Tuesday expressed doubt that he would want to serve the rest of the mayoral term. Village officials said an election will be held in 2017 to fill the remaining two years of the term.
Separately, council during its July 18 meeting is expected to hire an engineering firm to design improvements to Main Street, which also serves as U.S. 68 through Arlington.
Constant truck traffic has damaged the street and its base.
Arlington recently was awarded a pair of Ohio Public Work grants totaling $1 million to begin this process. Needed street work, along with new curbs and sidewalks, has been estimated as high as $4 million.
Councilman Brian Essinger, who has been involved with this issue, encouraged village residents to attend the July 18 meeting to discuss the project.
Separately, more than 80 parade units have signed up for the Arlington Village Festival next month.
The festival needs more volunteers, according to council. Those interested can contact the parade’s Facebook page.
In other business, council:
Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing personnel matters.
Heard that a grant request by the Arlington Fire Department to the Ohio Department of Commerce for protective gear was denied.
Praised the Fire Department for its efforts with the village’s recent Independence Day fireworks.
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By ERIC SCHAADT