Clearwater Fall Fest 2020. With the continued concern surrounding the growth of COVID-19, and in an abundance of caution, this year’s Clearwater Fall Fest has been cancelled. We would like to acknowledge and recognize Rachel Chambers and the entire Fall Fest Committee for their planning and many efforts to make this year’s event a reality and thank them for their support and understanding of this decision. It was felt that with the importance of getting our kids back to school, it would not be in the best interest of Clearwater to hold an event that would be specifically planned to bring them together where social distancing just could not be managed. We all will look forward to next year’s event!
Sedgwick County EMS Coverage of Southwest Sedgwick County. The plan to place an Emergency Response Vehicle in Clearwater was discussed at a meeting this week with County officials and City of Clearwater. As we have reported, in addition to our Clearwater Volunteer Medical Responders, the County will staff an Emergency Rapid Response Vehicle in Clearwater 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. We will work with the County to identify the most critical 12 hour period. The resource will be staffed with a fully trained Paramedic and will respond to each emergency to provide immediate medical attention and determine if transport is necessary. The Clearwater Volunteer Medical Responders will continue to respond to all 911 calls, when available, and during the times when the County Emergency Response Vehicle is not on duty or available. It is expected the service will begin in the next 60 days. What is important to understand is that our Clearwater Volunteer Medical Responders will continue to respond and the County will continue to dispatch an ambulance until such time as the on-scene medical personnel determines that transport is not required and calls them off.
Retirement of Ernie Misak. Long time Public Works Director Ernie Misak will retire on August 1, 2020 after 17 years of service with the City of Clearwater. Ernie’s last day will be Friday, July 31st and there will be a come and go reception on the 31st for him from 2-4pm at City Hall. Ernie is invaluable to the City as the Public Works Director and we want to take this opportunity to thank him and recognize him for his dedication to the City.
Promotion of Cole Hollis. With the retirement of Ernie, Cole Hollis has been promoted to Public Works Director. Cole has been with the City Public Works Department for 9 years and brings the technical and practical knowledge to the position. We are very blessed to have Cole assume this role and assume responsibility for the City Public Works Team.
Aquatic Center Closing Date. The Council agreed last night at the recommendation of staff to extend the time the pool is open for one week, closing on August 16th. With the Kansas State High School Activities Association decision to start fall sports practices on August 17th, we will lose most of our lifeguards to fall sports practices. In addition to the guards that will be going to college this reduces our available lifeguard staff. Of course, this is contingent upon what actions the State and County may or may not take in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases.