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As temperatures remain in the triple digits, Dilley councilors have decided to open the city pool to the public.
The decision to open the facility came after councilors heard from Juanita Fonesca, city secretary, during a meeting on Tuesday, July 12.
According to Fonesca, of the ten participants who took advantage of the city’s voucher program to obtain their lifeguard certification, only three completed the course.
The two-part program required that once applicants took the online course and passed the test they must then complete a physical exam.
“Only three of the ten completed the course,” Fonseca said. “Of the remaining seven, those either did not pass or did not show up for the second part.”
Fonesca said she recommended the schedules not reflect eight-hour shifts so the lifeguards could be rotated on their days off. Furthermore, she suggested the pool be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; councilors made a motion to move forward with the secretary’s recommendation.
The Dilley pool is open from Tuesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays for privates parties; closed on Mondays for cleaning. Admission is $2 for adults and $1.50 for students.
“If it gets too dark they know to isolate certain parts of the pool,” Fonesca said. “They are really good. They know what they are doing, I was out there with them last week on Wednesday and Thursday.”