Members at the Carroll Recreation Center now can purchase 24-hour access on a monthly basis.
Members at the Carroll Recreation Center now can purchase 24-hour access on a monthly basis.

June 11, 2019

Those interested in using the Carroll Recreation Center after hours no longer need an annual membership to do so.

The ability to purchase 24-hour access at the Rec Center will be particularly helpful for college students visiting for the summer or Carroll Merchants players, although it might also serve as an effective trial run for Carroll residents who want to try out having 24-hour access before committing to it for a year, Carroll city officials said during the Monday City Council meeting.

The Rec Center first started offering 24-hour access to its members in February, but at the time only annual members could purchase the add-on to their membership that provided the access, which also lasted for a year. In that case, they paid an additional $10 a month for a card that provided them access after hours.

Now, though, members can purchase 24-hour access by the month for $20 a month, as long as they already are members.

Since the access started in February, 39 members have been utilizing the 24-hour option. City officials hope that the monthly option increases use of the Rec Center after hours.

“It might encourage more people to do this,” City Councilman Jerry Fleshner said during Monday’s meeting. “They might not want to commit for a whole year, so they can use it, see how they like it and re-up for a year the next month.”

Those interested in the 24-hour membership can stop by the Rec Center.

In other news, the Council approved:

— Initial plans and estimated cost for water distribution main replacements along Crawford Street between First and Third streets and east of Main Street between 13th and 14th streets. The estimated project cost is $523,480.

— Initial plans and estimated cost for rehabilitation of the city’s water storage tower, including painting its interior and exterior. The estimated project cost is $716,900.

— A contract with Absolute Concrete Construction in Slater for $738,016.66 for trail improvements in two areas: extending the trail by Veterans Memorial Park north, past the golf course and up to the high school, and extending the existing trail by the baseball fields past those fields and then past the soccer fields, looping around to meet up with the existing trail.

— An application from Region XII Council of Governments to prepare and submit a REAP grant application to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for creek improvements earmarked in the Graham Park Master Plan. A city Carroll’s size could receive a maximum of $125,000 through the grant.

— A change order in the budget for the completed Highway 30 and Grant Road improvements that reduces the budget by $9,033.53 because of changes in working days and damages to Grant Road during construction. Carroll Director of Public Works Randy Krauel said this should be the last change order to the project. It brings the total project cost to $1,455,565.45.

— An extension of the city’s time to make a decision on a request from the West Central Iowa Rural Water Association to provide water service to John Renze on Mahogany Avenue.

— A bid from VanWall Equipment for $23,060 for a 72-inch front mount mower, cab and blower for the Parks and Recreation Department.

A total of $102,481.77 in bids to several companies, including Pigott of Des Moines, Stone Printing Office Supply of Carroll and Midwest Storage Solutions of Urbandale for furniture, fixtures and equipment in the new City Hall. The estimated budget for the items was $115,425 to $145,800.