The Sealy City Council last week renewed a contract with Katy-based Aqautico to operate the city-owned pool at Abe & Irene Levine Family Park.
The YMCA previously operated the pool and announced in August that it was no longer a cost-effective operation for them.
Aquatico came in and offered to train, hire and manage lifeguards and cover their insurance.
“They did a good job,” Assistant City Manager Warren Escovy said. “It was kind of a deal where we’d been having a hard time finding somebody.”
The management company will not take money or handle concessions; that’s the responsibility of the city. The overall cost to the city last year was about $42,000, but that changes if hours of operation or services are altered.
“Originally we only thought there were going to be about three guards, but because of the amount of people and because of safety we ended up making that four guards,” Escovy said.
Swimming lessons will be offered and the pool will open around May 25.
In other matters, city officials also approved a project of Sealy’s Economic Developmnet Corp. to provide funding to the Greater Sealy Little League.
About $55,741 will go toward field lighting and electrical service and about $5,402 is allocated for a new scoreboard. The upgrades will be at B&PW Park where opening day ceremonies are set to kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 23.
“Personally I see this as a community development project,” said Economic Development Director Robert Worley. “I’ve seen the park. It’s nice; it could be nicer. When we have industrial prospects come into town it’s a way we can show that Sealy is doing things to make the community better. I see it as an enhancement to make the community better. I think it’s a good expenditure of EDC money.”