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    I realize that the city is facing significant budget impacts from COVID-19 and that costs pertaining to city facilities make it easier and more cost effective to keep them closed.

    a woman is swimming
    Photo courtesy of City of Moab

    The aquatic center is closed until further notice despite the fact they still have a few salaried employees who are maintaining the facility. As did the many small businesses that are starting to reopen a COVID-19 mitigation/protocol plan was designed, was presented to council and approved by the health department.

    The plan would have kept the numbers low, low enough for the salaried employees of the aquatic center to monitor the few adults who would be swimming at reserved times. These users are also customers or members of the facility in that they pay for the privilege of use. They are predominantly residents of Grand County, many of whom are senior citizens who have been and continue to be in isolation due to the pandemic.

    Anyone who swims laps will tell you the predominant reason for doing so is a very efficient way to keep them strong and healthy. I hope city officials reconsider their actions and think of the needs of their local population. I would imagine any one of the regulars that have their health regimen restored that includes going up and down a chlorinated pool, in lanes separating the swimmers to stay healthy, would pay more money.

    As an organization you have three to four employees working, the facility is clean. Why, city officials, can the pool not be reopened before July? Why is the city’s protocol to rest the entire pool for a day between use even reasonable? The businesses that are slowly reopening again do not have to close for a 24-hour rest period.

    My letters to City Manager Joel Linares on these issues remains unanswered so I hope this letter might spur some response from the powers that be in “behind closed doors” City Hall.

    — Howard Trenholme

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