WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Mike Dulay outlined the goals and new mission statement of the Friends of the Aquatic Center in a presentation during the Nov. 8 regular Williams City Council meeting.
The group's new mission statement is: "to improve the quality of life for the greater Williams community through aquatic programs. We seek to ensure that there is a place for the community to learn to swim, to recreate, to rehabilitate and to exercise."
Dulay said the goals of the Friends of the Aquatic Center are to return the pool to year-round use, fix the pool pack dehumidification system, and find money to run the aquatic center, namely to pay for lifeguards.
According to Dulay, swimming lessons aren't the only activity that takes place at the pool. It also serves as a facility for rehabilitation and occupational therapy.
"As everyone gets older, all it takes is for someone to slip and fall and then all of a sudden they're having to drive all the way to Flagstaff to do their rehab," Dulay said, noting that exercise in water is recommended for several rehabilitation regimens.
Another goal is to put a mural on the aquatic center building.
"One of the problems we've had is that most people don't know we have a pool. And I think that's because it looks like a warehouse," Dulay explained.
Dulay concluded his presentation by asking the council to reconsider budgeting for repairing the pool pack so that once the funds are available to keep the pool open year-round the facility will be ready.
"What we'd like you to do is stop looking at the pool as an expense," he said. "It's an asset and an amenity to the city that can be an incentive for people to come live here, increase our tax base and all of that stuff."
In other council news, council members voted 5-0 to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement to create and participate in a Child Abduction Response Team (CART). Mayor Moore and Councilman McNelly were not present.
"Unfortunately, child abductions...are occurring in this country at an alarming rate," Police Chief Herman Nixon explained. "And there's no way the Williams Police Department or most of these police departments can handle this situation on their own."
Participation in CART will bring specialized investigators from other cities in northern Arizona and Coconino County together in the case of an abduction. The agencies will be able to pool their resources and create a sort of task force to work on the crime, according to Nixon.
The council also voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution to declare Nov. 9, 2012 Cindy Christman Day. In recognition of Christman's 30 plus years of providing health care to the community, the council presented Christman with a plaque.
Part of the resolution stated, "the mayor and council recognize that it has been largely due to Cindy Christman's efforts that such a small town as ours has had the presence of a medical facility."