Beach staffing on committee agenda Jan. 9

NEW Media Staff

Staffing at East Side Beach in Oconto Falls will be on the agenda when the city council’s park and recreation committee meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at City Hall, 500 N. Chestnut Ave.

When the 2024 city budget was approved, council members reluctantly approved eliminating lifeguards and the raft in the swimming area at East Side Beach because of ongoing staffing shortages.

“There won’t be any lifeguards next year, no docks, no raft, because we can’t get enough people to fill the positions,” Alderperson Mat McDermid said before the budget vote.

City officials said the raft also needs either to be replaced or very highly refurbished.

Mayor Brad Rice said finding lifeguards has been an ongoing issue for the city for at least three summers.

Reaction to the city’s decision lit up social media accounts for several weeks. The committee plans to discuss its options when it meets Jan. 9.