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      New loader, aquatic center flooring approved by council

      The Kirksville Aquatic Center is getting some sprucing up thanks to a "yes" vote by the Kirksville City Council Monday night.

      Members unanimously approved a bid to install a new floor covering in the main lobby, locker rooms and office at the aquatic center.

      The current floor has seen its better days.

      It will be replaced with what's called a Double Broadcast Quartz Aggregate Flooring System epoxy coating.

      The price tag for that coating is $24,400. That was the low bid.

      City leaders said the flooring is extremely durable and slip resistant in a wet environment.

      "We've checked with many different companies and some other cities to say, 'What are you using?' And, the ones that were happy with what they had, that's the type of flooring there were using," said Brad Selby, Kirksville codes administrator.

      Also at Monday night's city council meeting, members approved the purchase of a

      4-wheel-drive loader for Kirksville's Street Maintenance Division.

      Since the city is doing a trade-in, the total cost will be $57,900.

      The council also approved a resolution of appreciation to Assistant Kirksville Fire Chief Rick Anderson for his 39 years and 8 months of service to the city.

      Anderson, who is retiring, was not present at the meeting.

      His last day on the job will be this Friday, April 11, 2014.