Rusk — After months of attempting to reach agreements with several parties, the Rusk City Council has come to an arrangement regarding the management of their pool. At Friday’s special meeting, the council voted to approve Marks Lanham to manage the Lion’s Club swimming pool. The details of the contract are still being determined, but Lanham’s contract was agreed upon unanimously.

The town of Rusk had been negotiating with the Palestine YMCA to operate the pool, but the YMCA recently pulled out of the contract, sending Rusk City Hall into a flurry of activity.

“The YMCA withdrew from our agreement,” Rusk City Manager Mike Murray said. “So we scrambled to find a replacement, and Coach Lanham was the first to come to mind,”

Murray was pleased by the council’s decision.

“He’s as equally qualified as the YMCA was and we even get a decrease in price,” Murray said.

Coach Lanham was adamant about how his pool would be operated.

“I will run a zero-tolerance pool, if you misbehave, you will be asked to leave,” Lanham said of his no-nonsense approach. “I’m going to try to run a tight ship.”

Pool patrons are asked to please follow all posted rules and to not swim during hours when the pool is closed. Trespassers will be prosecuted. The pool will be open the following hours:

Monday 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Closed

The pool is slated to open Saturday, June 17, and Rusk seems ready for the doors to open.

“From the response I’ve heard around town, we’re waiting for (the pool) to open,” said Rusk Mayor Suzann McCarty, eagerly.

Lanham’s pool staff will be trained to handle all lifeguarding duties and will be taught to operate the automatic system that controls the pool’s chemicals. The pool will be cleared every hour for 10 minutes so that it can be cleaned and safety counts can be done.

Lanham revealed that the pool would be available to host private occasions and a fee will be included to provide one trained lifeguard per each 25 guests. A price has not yet been set, but it is believed that the pool will have an entrance fee of $2.

Lanham looks forward to serving the people of Rusk.

“I’d like to do a good job for you.”

In other news from the meeting, the Rusk City Council approved the paying of the city’s bills. Rusk City Council usually meets, at 5 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month in the council chambers.

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