Stress on staff and misbehaved kids make for a long day at the pool.

Burlington City Council discussed the possibility Monday of scaling back the times it offers free access to Dankwardt Park Pool during the summer.

Implemented in September 2016, the South Hill Neighborhood Association covers the cost of six days and the Burlington gentlemen's club pays for one day to open the pool to the public.

At its work session Monday afternoon, council received an update from Brad Selby, recreation and golf course manager, about pros and cons of the program.

Selby said the amount of children who attend the free swim days made for a difficult workload for staff, requiring "all hands on deck" at the pool. Lifeguards also had to perform more water rescues than usual, and misbehaved kids were problematic.

On the other hand, attendance at the pool and revenue for the concession stand increased, free swim drew families to the pool who otherwise couldn't afford the fees, and it provided a meal for people who arrived early.

It costs the organizations $600 for every free swim in order to staff the pool for its standard hours from 12:30 to 6 p.m.

Selby asked the council to consider allowing the local swim club to book the pool for a weekend swim meet — which could interfere with free swim days — and potentially reduce the hours of free access to the pool.

Council agreed with Selby limiting the free hours could cut down on behavioral issues at the pool while also keeping with the spirit of open swim days.

"I'd be OK with the swim meet because I think that could be a good economic benefit to the city, as far as the merchants and for the citizens," said councilman Jon Billups. "I wouldn't want to see us reduce the amount of free swim days, (but) I would agree with reducing the hours. Quite honestly, those free days should be a recruitment tool to get kids to come out there at Dankwardt more often, the way I view it."

Other business

• Council heard a presentation from Jason Hutcheson, president and CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership, about its five-year plan for local economic development, and from David Wiemer, a member of the city's Riverfront Advisory Committee, about building a park along the south end of the Mississippi River;

• A 10-year agreement between the city-owned RecPlex and Southeast Soccer Association likely will be approved at Monday's regular meeting;

• The Burlington Fire Department requested $633,098 to purchase a new fire engine;

• Nick MacGregor, assistant city manager to public works, requested $72,780 to purchase 200 Hesco flood barriers.