Summer preparations are in full wing as Boonville City officials gear up for the busiest season of the year.

Summer preparations are in full wing as Boonville City officials gear up for the busiest season of the year.
Boonville City Administrator Irl Tessendorf provided an update to the Boonville City Council of what has transpired thus far. Updates included issues regarding the Lions Park Aquatic Center and parks department.
“The new one ton cab and chassis has been ordered. Once I get a better handle on an estimated delivery, I will order the bed. I also have a new snow plow budgeted, but will wait until fall to purchase the plow. We have taken delivery on the new Director's car,” Tessendorf stated.
He said he has finished hiring most seasonal staff.
“I have hired two seasonal equipment operators to run mowers. Joyce Curry has returned as a seasonal gardener. Mark has two returning on his crew this season. His full time seasonal employee is on the job and doing well,” Tessendorf added.
Aquatic Center staff hiring is completed and the training process is beginning.
“All the new lifeguards are enrolled in one of three classes we will be offering and hopefully they all pass. We do have a couple alternates hired just in case. As it stands right now, all aquatic center staff will report to work on May 23 for orientation and training,” Tessendorf stated. “Paul Linhart and Pat Ziegelbein will start work on cleaning the pool and getting it up and running the first week of May. This will take approximately three weeks to complete.”
 Project Pele' is proceeding . The Project Pele' Committee met on April 11 and discussed site plans and the inter-governmental agency agreement between the city and Boonville R-1 School District.
“We discussed locations of the proposed soccer fields and changes that may be made due to a possible addition of 4.5 acres. Boonville R-1 Superintendent Dr. Mark Ficken brought up a suggestion on how to reconfigure two of the fields to add additional baseball/softball fields. This could be done for an additional $15,000.00 and give us some much needed practice space for Cal Ripken and girls softball. I presented the Committee with a draft inter-governmental agency agreement that Boonville City Planner Charissa Mayes wrote. We have to work out a division of work between the school staff and city staff among others,” Tessendorf stated.