Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shawnee County Hires Company to Investigate Leak in Rossville Pool

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shawnee County Hires Company to Investigate Leak in Rossville Pool

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Shawnee County will pay $645 for the first hour and $181 for each subsequent hour to investigate an apparent leak at Rossville Pool.

County commissioners Bill Riphahn, Kevin Cook and Aaron Mays voted 3-0 Monday to arrange for the county to pay that amount to Palm Springs, Calif.-based American Leak Detection while also providing any necessary materials and supplies.

"We need to find that leak and get on it," Riphahn said.

The vote came during a meeting where County Clerk Cynthia "Cyndi" Beck presided over swearing in ceremonies for Mays, 40, who left his District 7 seat on the Topeka City Council effective Monday to join the commission.

Shawnee County Republican Party precinct committee members chose Mays Sept. 27 to fill the seat vacated by the resignation effective Sept. 29 of Bob Archer, who represented the commission's 3rd District in south and southwest Topeka and Shawnee County.

Mays' wife, Tara, and their sons, Winston and Truman, looked on Monday as he was sworn in. He thanked those present for the warm welcome they had given him.

The agenda packet for Monday's meeting included a memorandum to commissioners from parks and recreation director Tim Laurent noting that the county and the city of Rossville are under contract to team up to operate the Rossville Pool at Rossville in northwest Shawnee County, where a leak appears to be present.

The contract calls for the county to maintain the pool, which the city of Rossville owns.

"A suspected issue was brought to our attention by the city of Rossville in late July of 2019 after assessing utility bills," Laurent's memo said. "Action is being taken to identify the source along with possible solutions after American Leak Detection provides their services."

Shawn Osborne, outdoor adventures superintendent for the parks and recreation department, told commissioners its employees "kind of have an idea" where the leak might be "but we don't have the equipment that these individuals do. …

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