The City of Belmond has been awarded a $100,000 state grant to help set up a daycare center at the old Ramsay school building. The money will come by way of a Community Catalyst and Building Remediation Grant.

  “This is great news,” City Manager Darrell Steven Carlyle told the city council Monday night. “It makes us even more hopeful that we will be able to capture a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant in the months ahead.”

  The city is working with Build a Better Belmond and Colts Corner Daycare to establish a facility in the former school. In addition to the grant, the group has $470,000 in funds pledged by the Jacobson Fund for Belmond. The committee is working with an architect, but no definite timeline has yet been set.

  The city council heard a number of other reports Monday night.

  The swimming pool is now open, with a few restrictions. Because of the delay in starting this summer, Carlyle said several lifeguards found other jobs. So due to the shortage of guards, the following restrictions are in place, most likely until July 1 when more staff is hired.

  --Only 50 persons in the pool at any one time.

  --The water slide, diving boards, climbing wall, splash pad, bath house, sun deck and concession stand are closed.

  ­­--Pool staff will be enforcing social distancing. Violators will get one warning, then will be directed to leave the facility.

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