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Mazo pool director resigns, pool opens late


June 21, 2018

The pool season started a few days late in the Village of Mazomanie due to a last-minute staffing issue.

On May 31, two days before the pool was set to open, pool director Tracy Wells submitted her resignation, telling officials that she thought the number of tasks that needed to be done had been misrepresented to her, and that she could not reasonably complete the work in the number of hours she had been approved to work.

The village quickly hired an interim pool director after putting in a call to the Wisconsin League of Municipalities to verify that it could legally fill the position on a temporary basis without going through a full process of posting, interviewing, and approving the hire at a village board meeting. League officials gave the village the go-ahead, citing the fact that it qualified as an emergency.

After much scrambling, the pool opened on June 7. The pool director job was posted again, with applications due on June 11, so that the position can filled for the rest of the season.

Village Trustee Jeri Springstead, who serves on the personnel committee, recalled discussing the schedule with Wells during the interview. She said they told Wells that the position would require more hours in May and June while preparing to open the pool and then taper off to fewer hours, averaging about 10 to 15 hours over the course of the whole summer.

Springstead said Wells was told to track and report her actual hours to the village.

Wells thought she had been told not to work more than 10 hours per week and complained to village officials that she was working many unpaid hours to get the work done, according to Village President Gary Harrop.

The village board voted to pay Wells for 25 hours of unpaid time she said she had worked. The board declined to let her keep a family pool pass that had been included with the job.

Community member Mike Hubbs is hoping a new model rocket club will take off in Mazomanie this summer with local kids.

Hubbs received permission from the village board to set off model rockets in Lions Park every other Sunday, on the condition that the club is insured and that he submits required safety documents to the fire department showing that he has an understanding of safety procedures.

The small rockets will use the standard black powder engine that has been used in model rockets since the 1950s, Hubbs said. There is a small potential fire hazard if a rocket misfires, so he will have an extinguisher on site, he told the board.

Springstead said she loved the idea of having the new club in Mazomanie. “We want as many people using our parks for as many diverse activities as possible,” she said.

Since the club does not fit into any of the uses covered in the village’s fee schedule, it will not be asked to pay a fee this year. The village may revisit the fee schedule for future years.


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