CARBON HILL – Carbon Hill City Council agreed to hire more lifeguards on Tuesday, as only two have passed the safety course and Mayor April Kennedy Herron needs four to six more lifeguards to pass certification this week – at point that Herron herself has stated that she might try to do so. qualify as a lifeguard to help.
Morgan Perry, Christian Hyche, Lucas Brand, Santana and Marci Clark and Sarah Sherwood were approved as lifeguards at the meeting.
The new season is expected to begin around Memorial Day this month. The municipal swimming pool was not open last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More classes are coming up this weekend, although Herron said some of the candidates are unlikely to pass. Waterpark instructor Fayette “is really hard on them now after what happened in Jasper,” she said, referring to the drowning of a 5-year-old girl at Memorial Park Natatorium in 2019 .
The city only pays for the swimming tests of those who pass the course, she said. Herron noted that a number of young people who were planning to get certified decided not to go.
District 5 Councilor Jewell Hess joked that the elderly may have to be used as lifeguards. Herron said, “If you can pass the swim test I don’t care how old you are. I thought I would try taking it myself,” Herron said. Garner and Herron noted that national reports reported a national shortage of lifeguards for the summer.
“I’m seriously thinking about paying myself and recertifying myself, just so I can fill it out. I’m really worried“ that I don’t have enough lifeguards, ”Herron said.
Herron, who also oversaw the pool’s operations years ago, said after the reunion she was 42 and last passed the test when she was 36.
“I can swim like a fish. The difference is the last time I did that I was doing Zumba four days a week. I don’t do Zumba anymore,” she said.
The final class will require attendance this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with attendance for all three days, she said.
Herron said the city may have to make some unprecedented decisions, depending on how the week unfolds.
“We might have to hire kids just to make concessions. I’ve never done that. It’s never been done in the history of the pool,” she said. “We have always asked the rescuers to make the concessions.”
Students tell him they are not attending because of summer school – some being remedial summer schooling and others taking Bevill State classes on a scholarship.
“A lot of them are taking classes early in college, which is a wonderful thing,” she said. “I’ll be working around their schedule.”
On a related note, Street Superintendent Alan May told council the screening area is now ready to be opened for the summer season, but constant rains have delayed painting the pool.
In another action at Tuesday’s meeting, the board:
• Held an executive session on a person’s good reputation and character.
• Herron has heard that many of the safety issues discussed in a list from Fire Chief and Safety Director Buddy Smith at a recent meeting have now been or are in the process of being addressed.
• May was heard to note that the brakes on the spare garbage truck had not been adjusted for about seven or eight years, so much so that he would not allow anyone other than himself to drive the truck. “We don’t need to put our trucks on the road if they don’t have good brakes,” District 5 Councilor Jewell Hess said. May estimated that the cost of replacing the brakes could be $ 700. The board agreed to make the repairs as it sometimes needs to be used.
• May was heard to say that new tires for the backhoe had been delivered and should be installed the next day.
• Agreed to sell the old water treatment plant to Timothy and Cindy Wright for $ 10,000, the minimum bid set by council, as the Wrights submitted the only bid for the property. City Clerk Sherry Garner said “there is nothing to be found in the courthouse” regarding the missing deed related to the property. She noted that it is possible that the deed was lost in a courthouse fire and was never replaced, or could never have been recorded. However, Jasper City Attorney Steve Thomas is working on a deed for the property, she said.
Herron said the property is a responsibility of the city due to the hazardous locations on the site. “It’s only a matter of time before it’s a problem for us. I know it’s a sellers market, but we’re still in rural Alabama,” he said. she declared.