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Swimming pool causes discussion at village board meeting
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Muscoda swimming pool
The village of Muscoda’s cool blue pool was a little more quiet as the mercury dropped to a balmy 86 degrees, following nearly two weeks of oppressive heat where temperatures were in the upper 90s, nearing 100+ at times. The pool staff reported that the pool saw impressive numbers of visitors during the heat wave and they’re on track to be selling pool passes at pre-covid numbers. The village pool is open Monday-Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with adult swim from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

MUSCODA - The Village of Muscoda met for a brief meeting last Tuesday  June 7. 

Perhaps some of the most interesting reports to surface in the June board meeting came from Muscoda Chief of Police Bill Schramm. 

“I never thought I’d be reporting on this,” Schramm said to the board. “But, we’re having problems with the rocks being stolen at the boat landing.” 

Schramm went on to explain that a couple of citizens took carloads of the large rock from the boat landing to use as landscaping at their home. However, Schramm was able to speak with the individuals and recover the stone and replace it back at the boat landing. He added to this that much of the smaller breaker run rock is also disappearing. This is from what he suspected to be ample rock skipping happening at the landing. Although no action was taken during the meeting, Schramm suggested to the board that the village consider putting a sign up near the boat landing asking folks to leave the rocks alone. 

It was also reported by Schramm and Director of Public Works Troy Wardell that there was an incident at the local pool involving five juveniles, several of whom were at the meeting with their respective guardians. 

They shared that there were five juveniles that had allegedly picked tiles off at the pool, which cannot be replaced without draining the pool entirely. 

Schramm shared that because the children were under the age of 12, the police department had no jurisdiction over them. 

One of the guardians with the children spoke up and said that they had talked to the kids, and they told her that another child had in fact picked the tiles off, not the children who were accused of doing so. However, these children did play a game with the tiles that they were given. 

Upon the discovery of the tiles being removed and the kids being suspended from the pool, the group all wrote apology letters to the pool staff. However, the guardians attended the meeting to express their concern that the kids were told they could be banned from the pool for the whole season. 

“I agree they were playing with the tiles and that wasn’t write but there is no real evidence they were the ones that actually removed the tiles, and I don’t understand why this has become such a huge ordeal!” explained the guardian present at the meeting.

After some discussion, the board and Wardell all agreed that three days would be enough time for the children to be suspended from the pool, with the understanding that if there was more damage they would lose their pool passes for the remainder of the season. 

In other village news:

•The DNR Water System report was deemed “okay” with something that would need fixing throughout the system and work has already begun.

•Muscoda Police Department Squad Two received $1,800 in repairs. The board decided to continue to pursue purchasing the Dodge Durango, despite the three to six month wait on the vehicle.