The service contract for this coming summer was approved at today's council meeting with more modest changes than previously discussed. The approved service consists of the following:
May 1 through Memorial Day and again Labor Day to September 30 there will be a roving lifeguard on a four-wheeler on the beach.
Memorial Day through Labor Day there will be two stationary lifeguard stands, one at Hillcrest access and at the Chicahauk access. In addition, there will also be two roving guards and a shared supervisor.
So the contract price has been reduced from $140,000 to $126,000 for a 10% savings. To accomplish this, the period of October 1-15 and the shared roving guard between Hillcrest and Plover Drive have been eliminated.
Other aspects of the contract were discussed further before being approved, in particular the the 3 year term of the contract which includes a schedule of small incremental price increases for subsequent years. The concern seemed to be that we would be stuck with the contractor and price for that period of time. The town attorney explained that the contract was based on the town appropriating funds for the service, and that if the town did not appropriate those funds or a sum less than required per the agreement, the contract would become null and void. After that council agreed to accept the terms.