Quitman council sets pool reopening


In an indicator of returning normalcy, the Quitman City Council on May 21 unanimously approved the opening of the city pool. 

The Delbert Ballard Pool will reopen on Monday, June 8. There will be limitations in place. No more than 20 swimmers will be allowed in the pool at any time, while the number of people inside the fenced pool area will not exceed 45. The concession stand will be in operation.  

In other action, the council did not vote to approve modification of the fire code and/or building code for the new construction project of Stitchin’ Heaven Retreat Center.

Discussion of this item dominated the pre-meeting workshop session. Council committed to schedule a special council meeting at the earliest opportunity to address all possible relaxations of the codes with respect to this project. Bureau Veritas, the firm that provides building inspector services to the city, is expected to have representation at that meeting. 

The council did act to approve Alice Bower, a former Quitman city secretary, as a board member to the Quitman Development Corporation. 

Additionally, Mayor Pro Tem David Dobbs recognized the national exposure which Quitman has received for its unique high school graduation ceremony. He expressed the council’s pride in all who had a hand in making this distinctive graduation happen.