May 21, 2020 8:15 PM

Haven pool to stay closed another year

Posted May 21, 2020 8:15 PM

By ROD ZOOK

Hutch Post

HAVEN, Kan. — The Haven City Council made the decision this week to keep the city pool closed for another year.

After considering input from the repair engineers, city attorney and department heads, the council decided by consensus to keep the swimming pool closed for the season. The pool was closed last year after necessary repairs failed to correct several problems. The city is currently taking legal action against the contractor.

Mayor Adam Wright says there was some discussion about trying to do a temporary fix on the pool and open for the season, but such action could hurt the city’s legal case. Other points made include the ability to enforce social distancing at the pool. While pool guidelines are more strict for social distancing, it does not include lines at concession stands or restrooms.

Wright says they have bids out for making permanent repairs to the pool, but so far no bids have been received.

The council said it is a hard decision, but the thought of putting kids all together in one place and some of them getting sick is frightening, and that it was best to take advantage of the time it’s closed to repair the pool properly.

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Siemens Gamesa names new North America CEO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it is under new leadership in the North American Onshore segment. Shannon Sturgil was named CEO effective June 1. He will be based out Orlando, Florida. Sturgil succeeds José Antonio Miranda, who will return to Spain.

Sturgil brings more than 20 years of experience with Siemens where he held a number of sales and marketing roles with ever-increasing responsibilities in the energy industry. Most recently he was the head of Power Systems Sales for Siemens Energy, Inc., which included sales responsibility for all generation, transmission and distribution, service, and battery storage technologies.

“North America is a key market and presents enormous opportunity for Siemens Gamesa – the industry experienced a total of 1,800 MW in U.S. first-quarter installations in 2020 alone along with vibrant growth in the repower segment. And with the westward shift in Canada, we are seeing success and new opportunities in the Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces,” Shannon Sturgil said. “I’m very excited to join Siemens Gamesa to now have the opportunity to continue to grow our presence in these important markets. I’ve worked with many customers in the U.S. energy industry over the years and look forward to collaborating even closer in my new role to help them with their energy transformations toward a cleaner, more renewable future.”

“Shannon has extensive experience in the energy industry with strong customer relationships. I am confident that he and the team will build on José Antonio’s work, with a strong focus on profitable growth in the region,” says Enrique Pedrosa, Onshore Chief of Regions Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Siemens Gamesa has a strong presence in North America with a total installed base of nearly 25 GW, enough energy to power over 7 million average households.