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Russell Plans to Open City Pool in June

Russell City Council 1-15-19The Russell City Council met Tuesday and voted to open the Russell Municipal Pool in June based on Governor Laura Kelly's plan to reopen Kansas.

The city pool typically opens on Memorial Day weekend in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Kelly's guidelines, public pools are presently barred from opening.

According to the Governor's guidelines, in Phase Four or the Phase Out stage of the state reopening plan, it is possible social distancing rules and regulations could be reduced significantly and public pools could be allowed to open. Phase Out will not begin until at least June 15 at the earliest.

City Manager Jon Quinday said a decision had to be made Tuesday to secure pool staff.

Also Tuesday, the Council approved a significant repair project at the City's Water Production Plant B, which is the Electro-Dialysis Reversal (EDR) water treatment facility built in 2007.

City Public Works Director Rich Krause explains the reason for the project.

Work has begun on the pre-media treatment filters and the pre-EDR basin pumps. The next step is replacement of the EDR filters. Based on the age of the plant and the EDR filter system, city staff recommended replacement of the EDR filter trains with carbon electrodes from Suez Water Technologies in the amount of $1.1 million.


The City will pay cash for the project.

The Council also approved a project to replace the existing broken heating units at Plant B with a tube heater system from Comfort Pro for $29,000.

Needed repairs at the much older Water Production Plant A were also discussed.

April 21 Meeting Minutes

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