Smyrna Town Council gave approval Monday night for a triathlon club to use Lake Como for training purposes.

Town Manager Dave Hugg said Lake Como is regulated to swimming within the nets at the beach; however, the town has allowed clubs to use the other part of Lake Como for triathlons in the past.

Middletown Bike Line Tri Club was asking for permission to use Lake Como for trainings; their swimming times are typically early Saturday mornings with a possibility of one evening a week.

Hugg said he was hoping council would give the group permission now so if it became a concern, public safety could evaluate it further.

Councilman Robert Johnson said in his experience as a lifeguard at Lake Como, the lifeguards covered the area up to the nets. Once a swimmer goes outside of the nets, the person swims at their own risk.

"I don't really see a problem with this," Johnson said.

Councilman Jeff Flairty asked if the town's insurance carrier had been contacted. Hugg said since the area is considered a "swim at your own risk" area, the town would be protected against liability.

Mayor Joanne Masten said some residents who live along Lake Como have expressed concerns of not being able to see swimmers when out on boats. Chief Wil Bordley asked if previous triathlon groups were required to sign a waiver.

In regards to Masten's concern, Bike Line member Jaci Hugg said swimmers will wear orange swim caps and will also have an orange floatation advice around their stomach so they will be visible.

As for Bordley's question, Dave Hugg said a waiver was signed and this one could include stipulations such as the bright swim caps and swimming in pairs. Hugg also said a letter could be sent out to homeowners along the lake informing them of the swimmers.

Council eventually passed a friendly amendment to the motion stating swimmers have to sign a waiver and that a notification would be sent to homeowners; then the motion to allow the club to use Lake Como for training was approved.

Relay For Life proclamation

Council added an agenda item for the proclamation for the American Cancer Society. Masten had read aloud the proclamation Friday during opening ceremonies of Relay For Life and was simply announcing the proclamation Monday night.

The proclamation states that Wednesday, May 22 will be American Cancer Society Day to celebrate the non-profit's 100 years of existence.

Earlier in the meeting, Masten thanked Smyrna/Clayton Relay For Life organizer Staci Lewis and the team for putting together the event.

"It is quite an affair and if you haven't gone, put it on your calendar for next year," Masten said.

Committee appointments approved

Council approved the Finance Committee as well as made an appointment to the Library Advisory board.

Council tabled approving the Finance Committee at their May 8 meeting.

The Finance Committee is as follows: Councilman Robert Johnson, chair; Councilwoman Regina Brown; Robert P. Newnam; James Schwartz; Dawn Haw-Young; Larry Graf; Andrea Rodriguez; Pete Retzlaff; David Thomas; and Gary Stulir, Smyrna Manager of Accounting/Business Services.

Susan Cockel was appointed to the Library Advisory Board.

Email Jennifer Dailey at