Bradner is digging into pool repairs

BRADNER – "Git ‘er done" is the new mantra of village council which is united in its effort to
get the swimming pool open for the summer.
During Thursday’s meeting, Mayor Virgil Shull Jr. announced several major breaks were found in the pool’s
plumbing, some pipes have shifted and three of the big pool’s eight skimmers need to be replaced.
"I think we need to bring in the big boys," stated Councilwoman Linda Wildman. She stressed
several times that since the pool is in the park, park funds ought to be able to be used to maintain it.
"I feel that it should all be a park thing. Where else are kids to go?"
Councilman Russ Warden said six people, including some senior citizens, complained to him in the weeks
since the last council meeting when members talked about maybe closing the pool this summer. "I
think we need to do whatever we need to do to get it open," he said.
Pool Manager Adam Heckler said six people also talked to him about the pool. "The faster we open it,
the better it’ll be." He said a lady with the Fostoria "Y" is ready to give swimming
lessons this month and July; night swims are scheduled; and he has three lifeguards who have their
licenses and are ready to work.
"We need to make a great effort to get it open," stated Wildman, then made a motion to hire B.
Hill’z Excavating to work on the pool and make repairs. Shull said B. Hill’z gave an estimate to him
earlier of around $4,300, but he didn’t know when the company could get into town to begin work.
Until the pool is opened, council agreed to hire Heckler on an hourly basis of $8.50 to mow the park,
paint the restrooms and offer activities for children at the park. Heckler said he could offer a special
day a week, such as "kickball day" and "softball day." Volleyball may also be
offered.
Prior to the meeting, Wildman announced Block Watch will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the fire station.
Deputy Greg Johns with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will speak to the guests. Police Chief John
Chandler said about 20 households are now interested in participating in the program.
Street Commissioner Greg Warden announced he had a small accident backing up the dump truck, because of
several blind spots, and caused $1,200 in damages. The truck will be repaired.
Fire Chief Jim Smith was given authorization to submit a sealed bid on open air turnout compartments
being offered by Ottawa Hills’ Fire Department.
Members heard from Ryan Shull, owner of the Web design service Breakaway which develops sites for various
companies such as Rudolph/Libbe and A.A. Boos. Shull presented information to council how he could
design a new Web site for the village at a cost of $3,000.
During the discussion members expressed being unsure what they want on the site, but agreed the village
should have a good one with photos. Wildman said the CIC can make use of the village’s site. Several
members will meet to discuss what it should have.
Guest Lynn Anderson asked council what the village can offer children to do. "It seems more and more
is going away from the town to do for these children," she said. "They’ve got to have
something productive to do." Chandler said he checked the law and found out BB guns cannot be shot
in town.
Cub Master Paul Barton of Pack 343 received permission to hold an overnight camping trip in the park in
August for his boys. Wildman praised Barton for being involved in Scouts.
Council approved as an emergency ordinance allowing the serving of alcohol in Bradner Park.
Shull said he met with representatives from the railroad last week and has received one estimate so far
for the new sidewalks and curbs. He said the railroad will move one pole on the east side by a control
box. The wires will be run under the road.
Council approved hiring Chandler to grade all the north-south alleys. They briefly discussed what to do
with some alleys, such as tar and chip them.