Two ordinances impacting the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex, and the future pool needs in the community were approved Monday.

The Washington City Council voted 6-0 to hire the consulting firm Counsilman-Hunsaker, St. Louis, to handle the public engagement process for a proposed pool.

A second ordinance entering into an agreement with Midwest Pool Management to operate and manage the pool also was approved.

According to Darren Lamb, city administrator, Counsilman-Hunsaker will utilize online surveys and other mechanisms to determine what residents are seeking in a pool facility.

He added the firm will visit with city representatives, specifically an aquatics committee, four times during the contract. Washington Councilman Steve Sullentrup asked the council also be updated on the public engagement process.

The aquatics committee had interviewed the two consulting firms that submitted proposals to conduct the public engagement process for review.    

The first phase of engagement will assess community opinion and priorities through various surveys and meetings. 

The second phase will include an overview of the data gathered presented by the consulting firm. Then, the pool planning will begin.

Lamb has stated if Counsilman-Hunsaker is voted in as the consulting firm, the company also could be used for constructing the pool. 

Renewing Pool Contract

Midwest Pool Management again was contracted for services at the pool for the next season.

The city entered into a year-by-year basis contract in 2015 around the same time the discussion for a new pool began.

Prior to the yearly contract, a three-year contract was approved in 2013 and expired at the end of the 2015 season. The deal included two option years that needed to be approved on an annual basis.

The 2019 season would cost the city $149,977.